The Ojai Vineyard is owned by Helen and Adam Tolmach who have, since 1983, made distinctive Californian wines from European winemaking practices. The Tolmachs source their grapes from the finest terroirs and coolest areas in Northern Santa Barbara with the aim of producing wines that are true to their region. In the winery they watch the development of the wine carefully, but prefer to intervene as little as possible, enabling the wines produced to show off the distinctive character of the vineyard site. This Chardonnay, sourced from the vineyard of Solomon Hill, the most western vineyard of all in the Santa Maria Valley appellation and perhaps also the coolest. The resulting wine is not the typically tropical fruit styled Californian Chardonnay, but instead shows elegance, restraint and freshness. Attractive notes of lemon-curd, pine and minerals grace the nose, whilst the palate is bright, crisp and zesty with a marked sense of energy. A refreshingly Burgundian example, this would be a perfect match with rich chicken dishes made with lots of cream.
750ml£5.33 per 100.00ml