Called "the reference point for what can be done with Santa Barbara fruit"...

Some Tasting Notes:
1996 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido
This wine emphatically says Pinot Noir. Full-flavored, ruby red, delicate notes of rose petal and raspberry -- that is how I might describe it - very much in the vein of our 1993. This one may not get 92 points from famous wine writers, because it is anything but an inky monster, but I think it might be a more delicious and compelling Pinot. Santa Barbara Country 3.58 pH 13.796 alcohol - 610 cases made.
- F. Paul Pacult / Spirit Journal -
Rated 90 pts.

1997 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido
This wine reveals an attractive ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of cherry/plum fruit intermixed witha whiff of green pepper, allspice, and pain grille notes. The wine is rich and fleshy with good body and an elegant finish.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr./The Wine Advocate -
Rated 88 pts. - The Wine Advocate

1997 Syrah California
Proof that "Syrah is King" at the Ojai Vineyards, the 1997s are among the finest and most concentrated Santa Barbara wines. Deep ruby/purple colored with a peppery, leathery, mineral, kirsh and blackberry scented nose. Good depth, full body, and a luscious, low acid profile.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr./The Wine Advocate -
Rated 89 pts. - The Wine Advocate

1997 Chardonnay Talley
A naturally made wine without fining or filtration and no acid additions. The wine exhibits a distinctive, crisp, mineral, citrusy nose and rich, medium-bodied flavors with the citrus/wet stone component well-displayed. There is good acidity, an open-knit texture and fine structure. It should drink well for 2-3 years.
- Robert M. Parker/The Wine Advocate -
Rated 87 pts. - The Wine Advocate

1997 Viognier
Roll Ranch This wine has a knockout aroma of white peaches, but none of the candied banana-like scents of overripeness, and, because of the earlier picking, it possesses much better acidity, and not a hint of the high alcohol that has plaged the finish of previous wines. The late picking is certainly honeyed and rich, but it is completely outclassed by the early pick.
- The Wine Advocate -

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