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2007 The Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($44) Deep, bright violet. Energetic red and dark berries on the nose, with sexy notes of rose and blood orange coming up with air. Lively strawberry and black raspberry flavors stain the palate, taking on a richer cherry quality on the back. The sweet red fruits repeat strongly on the strikingly pure and sappy finish. This tangy expression of pinot has the balance and concentration to reward patience.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Bak13806914
A strong pinot. Would have given it 5 stars if it had a bit more subtlety.
An enjoyable Calif Pinot, but over-rated & overpriced
by Crow13882546
Interesting aroma but not big; mostly current and plum notes with an interesting violet note. Heavy body and smooth, a floral note. Not complex. Not balanced. It was enjoyable now, but might age well. I was disappointed in that it was not particularly impressive for its price (i.e., average VALUE). It was overrated by Wine Access. (re WA's sales sheet: is Adam Tolmach really the worst critic of Ojai, or its most accurate?)
by Crow13882546
Still a good wine, but I am lowering my "value" rating to 3.5*. Pinot needs complexity from terrior to become exceptional.,

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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