2018 Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Puerta del Mer

Year: 2018
Appellation: Central Coast, Santa Barbara county
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2018 Pinot Noir Puerta del Mar has a pale to medium ruby color and delicate red and black berry fruits with notes of laurel, peppercorn and potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm, ripe frame, seamless freshness and loads of bitters-laced fruits in the mouth, finishing long and peppery. 273 cases produced." (WA)

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Puerta Del Mar is so precise, so beautiful. Here the lines are finely sketched, like a pencil drawing. Freshly cut flowers, mint, blood orange, pine and sage give the Puerta del Mar its distinctly bright aromatic profile. Medium in body and bursting with saline-infused energy, the Puerta del Mar is a gorgeous cool-climate Pinot. This is an especially fine edition." (VM)

"One of the standouts, the 2018 Pinot Noir Puerta Del Mar Vineyard comes from a cool, westerly site and there are a tiny 273 cases produced. Gorgeous raspberry and strawberry fruits as well as loads of floral nuances define the bouquet and it's an incredibly perfumed, complex, yet pretty and nuanced Pinot Noir. With medium-bodied richness, flawless tannins, and an elegant texture, it's certainly not a blockbuster but just perfectly put together. It's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and cruise for a decade in cold cellars.

I continue to love the wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. These lean firmly toward the fresher, elegant end of the spectrum, yet I always find the wines to have wonderful depth of fruit, terrific balance, and singular characters." (JD)