2019 Ojai Vineyard Rose

Year: 2019
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
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"Ojai's 2019 Rosé is a very pleasant, easygoing wine to drink now and over the next few years. Pliant and creamy, with lovely depth, the 2019 has a lot to offer. Bright acids and floral overtones perk up a core of cranberry fruit." (VM)

"This pale salmon-pink Rosé is lightly fruity and on the delicate side in the nose yet hints at a bit of complexity, and it follows with well-sustained, slightly more substantial flavors than expected that evoke plums and a wee touch of grapefruit. It steers clear of confection and exhibits fine, fairly firm, food-worthy balance with a slight, palate-refreshing cranberry-like tang and will pair nicely with simple salmon recipes, both hot and cold, or a good, hand-cut turkey sandwich. Reviewed: July 2020" (CG)

"Orange blossom, spice, white flowers, and a touch of salinity all emerge from the 2019 Rose. This beautiful, elegant, dry rosé is going to shine on the dinner table.

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)

Winery Notes:
Rejoice, friends! Our Rosé is back, and we’re more excited than ever to present what’s truly levity-in-a-bottle. This 2019 Rosé is the best we’ve made in years. Like 2018, we had a wonderful benevolent vintage defined by cool, gradual ripening and a later harvest. The years where we get to hem and haw about when to pick the grapes are a treat for us, and even more so for the consumer, ultimately.

In this 2019 bottling our Rosé is comprised of nearly half Syrah, close quarters of Grenache and Carignan, then the same smidge of dry Riesling we’ve incorporated for years (for a little more twang and aromatic drive).

Our approach with Rosé is uncompromising; only fruit grown to be Rosé is used (never any juice bled off from riper red wine lots) and it’s whole-cluster pressed into neutral French oak barrels just like all of our white wines. This ensures a thirst slaking and food-friendly feel, but with the textural richness and integration that barrel aging provides.

Those who might still remember our ’17 and ’18 bottlings can expect a fusion of the best qualities of those two distinctly different Rosés. This vintage was much more like 2018, and it does show that citrusy thrust and terrific fragrance. Yet this 2019 weds that feeling with some of the textural roundedness and pink guava flavors of the 2017. Expect a punchy display of white cherry, tangerine and flowers, with subtle leesiness and tropicality. Just delicious!