• Ojai Vineyards Solomon Hills Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2015 92+

    Ojai Vineyards Solomon Hills Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2015

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    92+pts Jeb Dunnuck

    92pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    Jeb Dunnuck:  "Another beauty is the 2015 Chardonnay Solomon Hills, and it shows more white flowers, lemon rind and mineral notes in a very fresh, racy, even tart, style. Still, the purity of fruit leads, and it has a great texture. Give this beauty a few years.

    I always love the tasting with Ojai Vineyard’s Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. Consistent with just about every winemaker I spoke to, both commented on the tiny yields of 2015, which Adam attributed to an accumulation of drought and salt buildup as opposed to poor weather in the spring. Over the past decade or so, the style of the wines from this estate has significantly changed with harvest occurring much earlier than in the past. Today, the wines lean heavily towards the racy, lean end of the spectrum, while still offering fruit and texture." Aug 2017

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2015 Chardonnay Solomon Hills is the most intriguing of the three 2015 Chardonnays from Ojai because it expresses the natural intensity of the year while retaining plenty of energy and aromatic freshness. There is a lovely sense of oiliness and texture to the 2015, but no excess weight at all." Sep 2017

    Winery:  "Solomon Hills is typically our most full and structured chardonnay—there’s a sense of grandness on the palate, and the 2015 is no exception. But don’t think fruity-thick—the Dijon clones at this site show off none of that more typical juicy tropical fruit. Instead, depending on the year, you find a creamy lemon curd or poached pear like density that’s always girdled up with minerals and piney, floral brightness. It’s generous, but never saturating.

    Our 2015 chardonnay comes from a warm, drought-affected vintage. We harvested about 3 weeks earlier than the norm, but because of the mild winter the vines budded early too, so the growing season remained long. The relative warmth of the year ensured a core of succulence and texture that is sure to come out with some aging, but at the moment it’s most defined by its big frame of crunchy minerality. The aromas currently dominating are stony and fresh, somewhat like it might smell standing next to a waterfall. Solomon Hills chardonnay often reminds me a bit of the ones I used to make from Talley years back. Those wines have aged fabulously, some from the 90s still drink well, so I suspect this Solomon Hills has a long life ahead of it."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork         
    Varietal 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol 
    13.0%
    Aging 11 months in 10% new French oak
    Region Ojai, California
    Production Limited at 327 dozen