Ojai 2018 Kessler Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

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95+ Points                                                     
New release of Ojai's fantastic Kessler Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir. Limited.

95 Points Jeb DunnuckL "
I also loved the Ojai 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard, which has a more exotic, gamey, nutty character that fleshes out with air, showing beautiful red and black fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, a layered mouthfeel, and a great finish. This cuvée sees a touch more stems (50%) and it shows, so give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar. It's a gorgeous, complex Pinot Noir that will evolve for 10-15 years...I continue to love the wines from Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel. These lean firmly toward the fresher, elegant end of the spectrum, yet I always find the wines to have wonderful depth of fruit, terrific balance, and singular characters."

94 Points Robert Parker: "The Ojai 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard, made with about 50% whole cluster, has a medium ruby-purple color and broody blackberries, woodsmoke and dried tobacco leaves with notes of laurel, forest floor and cola. It's silky in the mouth and expands slowly to reveal its broody flavor layers, and it finishes seamlessly fresh and long. 209 cases were made."

95+ Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The Ojai 2018 Pinot Noir Kessler Haak Vineyard offers an intriguing array of brambly notes and red berry fruit. Medium in body, with striking aromatics, the Kessler Haak has so much to recommend it. The 2018 has tons of character. It's the sort of wine that reveals itself gradually, over time. It is also one of the more floral, savory wines in this range. The 2018 was done with 50% whole clusters, the most in the Ojai range."

Robert Parker: "...This is a fabulous set of wines from Ojai. Winemaker/Proprietor Adam Tolmach and Assistant Winemaker Fabien Castel hit the ball out of the park with a number of these new releases. Frankly, I am not sure where to start, as there are so many wines here that are worthy of serious consideration... As a consumer, sometimes it feels there are no great values left in California. Ojai is a rare exception. These wines deliver the goods (and then some) yet remain exceptionally fairly priced."

Type: Pinot Noir

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