Ojai "Bien Nacido" Chardonnay
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Ojai "Bien Nacido" Chardonnay - 2022

Item # 64817 750mL

Puerta del Mar is the coldest, most coastal vineyard that is exposed to the ocean and turns out an exquisite Chardonnay. Mineral and saline with fine citrus flavors. The wines is barrel fermented in neutral French oak.

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In a vast sea of Chardonnay from California, certain characters stand apart. What makes some wines more interesting than others? I’m always drawn to the ones that speak to a sense of place over adhering to a style; wines that offer something unique. Ojai's "Bien Nacido" is one of those wines that has something more to it. They've been making this wine from the same block of vines in the Santa Maria valley since 1991. Although many things have changed, and needless to say some of the recent vintages have been more difficult, their commitment to this spot is admirable. The palate has a nice tension between piercing lemon rind and ripe yellow plums, and finishes with clean mineral notes. It's a splendid wine, and one that I find myself going back to over the years.

- TD



California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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