Wine Review – 2005 Ojai Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, California

Winery: Ojai VineyardsOjaiPinotClosPepe

Bottling: 2005 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir

Region: California

Sub-Region: Sta. Rita Hills

Estimated Retail Price: $56

Purchase Details: Purchased off of the wine menu at Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar on Oahu.

Tasting Notes: On the nose this wine had nice aromas of dark pinot fruit like blackberries, some plum and black raspberries.  Although it was a mouth-filling pinot noir, the wine still had a clean, palate cleansing acidity.  On the palate, more dark berry fruit, spice and a little earth.  A very complex wine that will thrill the right wine enthusiast.  I think another year in the bottle and this would’ve been perfect.  I’m not complaining though because this was thoroughly enjoyable as is.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Game meats, grilled chicken or a thick, grilled ahi steak, yeah!

Winery & Other Background Information: I’ve now consumed enough Ojai wines over time that I know exactly what to expect every time I open a bottle.  Whether its their syrahs, chardonnays, sauvignon blancs or pinot noirs, they’re big, intense and opulent wines.  I’m not a scientist, but I think their acid structure is what keeps them from becoming flabby, uninteresting wines.  Ultimately, winemaker Adam Tolmach knows how to achieve balance with his wines and that is why I love their wines across the board.


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