2014 Ojai Vineyards "Roll Ranch" Viogner
The 2014 Viognier Roll Ranch is another delicious white from Ojai. The floral, honeyed notes typical of Viognier open up nicely, but the fruit here is picked just before the more tropical side of the grape develops. Beams of supporting salinity give the wine notable brightness to complement the creamy, layered finish. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While a rock solid white with its clean, crisp notes of peach, citrus and mint, the 2014 Viognier Roll Ranch lacks any true Viognier character. Nevertheless, it's a high quality, classy white to drink over the coming couple of years. I always love my visits with Ojai’s Adam Tolmack and Fabien Castel, and it's always an educational and enlightening tasting as I'm able to taste through a multitude of different sites spread throughout Santa Barbara County. In addition, the Special Bottling releases based on different harvesting dates add even another variable into the equation. While I certainly believe they’ve pushed too far into the early harvesting movement, with an overriding focus on freshness and acidity, the wines nevertheless always possess interesting, balanced profiles and are a joy to drink. (JD)
Ojai sources their vineyard from own-rooted vines on Roll Ranch which were planted in 1995. From the producer: "Pale yellow. Intensely perfumed scents of lime, white peach, jasmine and anise - very viognier. Bright and sharply focused, offering tangy citrus and pit fruit flavors complicated by dusty mineral and floral notes. Finishes with a lively bite of lime zest and excellent, tangy persistence."