2014 Ojai "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Grenache
The 2014 Grenache John Sebastiano Vineyard is deep, dense and powerful, all within the Ojai style, of course. Still quite primary, the 2014 is all about fruit at this stage. Still, the wine's energy and persistence are both commendable. The wine's tannic grip and bright acidity both suggest it could use a bit more time to fully come together. This is another promising wine, but its best days are off in the future. I won't be surprised if the 2014 is even more impressive than this note suggests in another few years' time. There is plenty to look forward to. In this vintage, the strong, almost arrogant personality of site dominates over varietal character. A closing burst of bright red fruit and firm tannins rounds things out. 93+ points. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Possibly one of my favorite vintages of this cuvee from Adam, the 2014 Grenache John Sebastiano Vineyard (100% Grenache aged 15 months in neutral oak) offers upfront, layered, ripe notes of framboise, Bing cherry and flowers in a medium-bodied, rounded and generous style that has more texture and richness than previous vintages. Drink it over the coming 4-6 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)
Santa Barbara County wine pioneer Adam Tolmach has this to say about the John Sebastiano Vineyard and the grenache from the site: "This vineyard has produced wines that are imbued with what can only be described as dramatic personalities. Planted on the climatic edge where the vines barely ripen their fruit, the structure of this grenache is different from what I have seen elsewhere in California, or for that matter from the southern Rhone or Spain. The wines are simply fresher and more alive."