To say that owner/winemaker Adam Tolmach is one of the pioneers in the Central Coast would be to put it mildly. He received his degree in 1976 from UC Davis and set out to find a job. Winemaking jobs weren't plentiful back then, so between winemaking jobs, he worked at the tasting room at Zaca Mesa in the Santa Ynez Valley with a couple of other wine guys.
Those guys, Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, would go on to form Au Bon Climat and Qupe, two of the most heralded wineries in Santa Barbara. Adam worked with Clendenen beginning in 1982 while he was planting his own vineyard on property in Ojai that his grandfather had purchased in 1933.
By 1991 he was ready to venture out on his own and has never looked back. The Ojai Vineyard has consistently received high scores all over the world and we were finally able to score one of these legendary wines for our members.
Puerta Del Mar is a six-acre vineyard nearly 20 miles west of Buellton, making it one of the most westerly and thus coolest vineyards in the U.S. Here the combination of cool weather and decomposed fish matter in the soil present an incredible environment for Pinot Noir. The lush berry flavors, round edges and stunning finish makes it a wine for the ages.