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 2021 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.
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94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2021 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from one of the Grand Cru sites in California and has a classic style in its more honeyed orchard, musky orange, and pear-like fruits as well as chalky minerality and spice-driven nuances. Beautifully textured on the palate, it has a forward, supple mouthfeel, terrific balance, and a clean finish. Drink this any time over the coming decade.
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