Adam Tolmach has been making wine in California for over 30 years, and has been a driving force in the in the Central Coast since his days as co-founder of Au Bon Climat. In 1992 he and his wife Helen decided to concentrate on their own winery. Working closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California, his Ojai wines are considered among the best examples of Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Grenache in the state.
In the glass, the wine has a saturated, ruby red color. The nose develops with lively aromas of black raspberry preserves, griotte cherries, rhubarb, and cardamom, all seasoned with a fleeting suggestion of a sage-like herbal character.
On the palate, the wine is generous and concentrated, at the same time silky and elegant, with a supple core of sweet black-fruit flavors seasoned with palpable saline minerality, and a long vibrant finish. Drink now 2025, at cellar temperature out of a good large Burgundy glass. And give it time. This classic Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a perfect example of a wine that puts on weight as it evolves in the glass.
-- Greg Moore, Moore Brothers Wine Company, April 6, 2013