Adam Tolmach went to UC Davis and studied viticulture and enology, and after graduating in 1976 he settled down on the property his grandfather bought in the Ojai Valley in 1933 to farm sweet corn and melons, selling them at a roadside stand. After two years of this satisfying, yet difficult and nearly profitless work he sought employment in his field of study switching over to wine.
In 1983 he began planting fruit and in the nearly 40 years since then, he has achieved everything one could possibly do in the wine industry. Countless 90+ scores, winemakers who have adapted his styles of winemaking and the top restaurant accounts in the country pouring his wines.
At this point in time, nothing winemaker Adam Tolmach does surprises me but his wines are continuously outstanding. His newly released 2019 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautiful compilation of freshness, creaminess and minerality. Lemon and citrus notes followed by a creamy vanilla mid-palate and a long fresh finish. Critics, restaurants and consumers agree, Ojai wines are some of the best bang for your buck on any continent.
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Lots of orchard fruits, buttered lemon, toasty oak, and honeysuckle emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay Bien Nacido, a clean, vibrant Chardonnay from one of California’s great vineyards. Brought up in just 6-7% new French oak, it opens up with time in the glass and shows more and more fruit as well as some classic chalky, salty minerality on the finish. It’s a beautiful Chardonnay.