The Puerta Del Mar (”door to the sea”) vineyard is one of the coldest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Located just outside the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the vines benefit from the long, cool growing season. In the glass, this razor edged wine has a saturated, yellow-green color, with penetrating aromas of citrus, flowers, and pears, seasoned with baking spices, lavender, and thyme. On the palate, the wine is generous and multi-layered, with a delicious, mouth watering texture, and solid, shimmering core of mineral-infused Chardonnay flavors. About this wine producer: The key to Ojai is that Adam Tolmach knows every row in every consequential vineyard in Santa Barbara County, and that he purchases his grapes by the acre, rather than by the ton. In some vintages, that can cost more than twice as much. But it gives him direct control of the vineyard work, and by extension, of the quality of the grapes he buys. In the winery, Adam prefers to intervene as little as possible, allowing each vineyard to express its unique character with detail and clarity. All of which has conferred a sort of cult status on The Ojai Vineyard (when it’s not flying under the radar because of its strictly limited distribution, or because of Adam’s modest, self-effacing personality).