Ojai Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 2013
|Jeb Dunnuck||93||Drink: 2015 - 2020||$36-$40 (49)|
|More classic in style than the Clone 22, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard has lots of black raspberry, flowers and crushed-rock nuances as well as a full, layered, beautifully textured feel on the palate. I normally find something masculine and mineral-laced from this vineyard, but this 2013 is all polish and elegance, with rocking purity of fruit. I'd drink it over the coming 4-5 years, but I suspect it will still be delicious at age 10 as well.
This was another massive tasting with Ojai’s Adam Tolmach and assistant winemaker Fabien Castel. They have recently opened a new tasting room in the town of Ojai (the estate is located just outside the town) and this has given them the ability to experiment more with harvest dates and winemaking, as they can sell these small production releases more easily via a tasting room than via distribution. That has resulted in a number of special/experimental bottlings based off harvest dates/elevage, so it is incredibly educational to taste through the lineup. While Adam didn’t present any 2014s, he told me that they had 40% of the grapes brought in before September 1. I struggle to understand these early pick dates, but this team does it with the best of them. As to the 2013s, Adam commented that the wines showed well earlier than the 2012s and it was a warm, generous and easy vintage. I think these are a step up over the 2012s.