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2008 The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($34) Bright gold. Perfumed aromas of orange peel, peach, ginger and honey, with a smoky quality. Livelier than the Bien Nacido but just as rich, with an impression of brooding power to the flavors of peach skin, bitter orange, ginger and buttered toast. Shows terrific palate presence and finishes smoky and long, with firm acidity on the gripping back end. This rich, tactile wine should age well.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Crsip and Clean
by Wine10674996
This is simply a lovely chardonnay. It is both crisp - with hints of lemon/citrus and has a very clean mouth feel. Great dinner wine - pricey.
Cut above typical, but not complex when compared with other Ojai offerings.
by Pizarro14005221
Starfruit and quince bouquet, grapefruit and lemongrass dominate the palate, finished with more bright citrus and balanced alcohol and acidity- though acidity did build as it opened. Could probably go a year or two more, but not too interesting or complex, probably not much more in store for this bottle; consume sooner. Stilla cut above most Cali Chards.


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