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2009 The Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Light gold.  Seductively perfumed bouquet of lemon curd, nectarine, jasmine and iodine, with a suave note of mace.  Juicy, expansive orchard and pit fruit flavors are lifted by a tangy citrus zest quality, which adds back-end precision.  Closes on an impressively focused, stony note, with excellent length.  Adam Tolmach told me that these vines are 38 years old.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Overpriced Ojai
by Bolstein14186593
Pale gold with nice aroma of apple, pineapple, soft tropical fruits, a tad less oak than the Melville Santa Rita. I liked it a smidgeon better than Melville on first day, but less so two days later, 90 pts., not worth the price.
by Mighion13373359
Rather plain. Okay, not bad but not special.


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