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.
GOOD DEPTH BUT SURPRISINGLY RESTRAINED PERSONALITY.
- The Wine Advocate -

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