95 Points, Decanter Magazine
“Bursting with vibrant pink grapefruit and red berry aromas; a complexity of brioche, hibiscus and lime zest with a creamy mousse and an elegant, saline finish.” –Gold Medal Winner, 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
A delicious and big Cabernet blend that also comes in this year as a true Bordeaux blend. Made by the Titus brothers and Cade former winemaker, Stephen Cruzan, the 2018 Titus Andronicus is a Napa Valley steal– a combination of immense power, silky tannins and luscious fruit. If you’re a fan of Ry Richard’s many high-flying Cabernets, then you owe this one a try. If you’re a complete hedonist that loves the enormous Prisoner-like wines then this is a must-buy.
92 Points (Best Buy), Wine & Spirits
This Pinot was crafted like it came from a master painter. Petaluma Gap for the richness. The darkness and silky tannin provided by the warmer Santa Rosa plains fruit. And then the cherry on top is the rich, deep spice element – provided by a very special lot from the Middle Reach Neighborhood on West Side Road. The result is a spicy, giving Pinot that drinks well above its station due to the quality of the single parcels that were so expertly chosen.
95 points, Vinous
Perhaps Ojai’s greatest white wine release to date is the 2018 Chardonnay from the Puerta del Mar Vineyard. PDM or the “door to the sea” is the perfect vineyard to challenge the classically trained winemaker. Perched on the very edge of where grapes can actually get ripe, just a ridge away from the Pacific. The vines struggle mightily – which in excellent vintages means a concentration of flavor and minerality that is absolutely remarkable. 2018 is one of those vintages. Incredibly aromatically complex with a concentration of fruit and mineral backbone generally reserved for Burgundy three times the price.