Tuesday, June 2, 2020

2016 Ojai Pinot Noir Puerta del Mar

Fantastic Cool-Climate Pinot Noir!!
2016 Ojai Pinot Noir Puerta del Mar....$34.99
Lowest price online $39.99
The salty, mineral-laced 2016 Pinot Noir Puerta Del Mar offers a distinct Burgundian-style in its forest floor, savory red fruits, moss, river rock, and earth. Fresh and lively on the palate, it stays balanced, layered, and silky, with no hard edges. It’s another singular Pinot Noir from this estate that’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for over a decade. Rated 94/100 Jebb Dunnuck
Puerta del Mar is our coldest vineyard. It’s a small and relatively new planting that’s way out by Lompoc—a stone’s throw east of Highway 1—actually West of the already chilly Sta. Rita Hills. There are six level acres, evenly split between Dijon clones of pinot noir and chardonnay.
It was planted in 2007 and was thought that land this far west would be too cold to ripen grapes. But call it ignorance or a changing climate—the nay-sayers were wrong, because the wine has proved it was a fabulous good gamble! Today the site is owned by the folks at Jonata, but Ojai is still the only winery that gets this fruit. And it’s well farmed thanks to Ruben Solorzano, who farms John Sebastiano Vineyard fruit and many other top Santa Barbara County sites, and consistently produces exceptional results.--Winery

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