Winery: Ojai Vineyards
Bottling: 2005 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
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.