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Ojai Clos Pepe Pinot Noir 2002

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Winemaker Notes

Like Ojai's first two Clos Pepe's, this one possesses a really distinctive character that doesn’t say "I am California pinot noir" – and that is a good thing! There is something noble and right about the aroma of this wine that Ojai's winemaker loves. The fruit is so different that the making of both the chardonnay and pinot noir from this vineyard have been a real challenge, but with the 2002 vintage, Ojai's Vineyard feels that it’s finally firing on all four cylinders and is very happy with the results.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard boasts admirable delineation, a wonderfully expansive texture, a bouquet of roasted hazelnuts, pineapples, honeysuckle, and beurre blanc, nicely integrated oak, full body, and excellent focus.
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Ojai, California
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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.

Adam had planted a vineyard in Ojai to Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc and had begun producing wine from that fruit in 1983. When the collaboration with Clendenen ended he concentrated all his attention on The Ojai Vineyard to further explore the infinite details of his craft.

Looking back over the last 25 years, one can see the development of The Ojai Vineyard came in three distinct phases. In the beginning it was lots of fun discovering the budding Santa Barbara County, experimenting with new plantings, new areas, and a wide selection of varietals; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and other Rhone varietals. Back in 1983 the vines were grown without much care in what was called a California sprawl. It took years to get growers to move towards progressive practices like drip irrigation and vertical trellising to improved wine grape quality.

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Internationally recognized for gorgeous, pure fruit combined with great elegance, California Pinot noir thrives among the state’s cooler, coastal zones. Characterized by eclectic flavors and aromas of strawberry, black cherry, plum and potpourri with notes of forest floor, mushroom or black tea, the best California Pinot noir boast a supple texture and good acidity, giving them the ability to improve with age.

Credited with the beginning of Pinot noir’s glory in California, two growers, Joe Rochioli and Joseph Swan in the late 1960s independently planted Pinot noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Today Sonoma County remains the leading producer of Pinot noir in the state, and Pinot noir is the leading red grape in the county, achieving its highest potential, in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.

Other coastal appellations where Pinot noir flourishes include Carneros, Anderson Valley and most of the Central Coast.

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