Like many I opened a bottle of ochota last week to toast the life of Taras Ochota who passed on Monday. I have long loved the Ochota wines and have felt lucky to have them in the Charleston market, but this “A Forest” Pinot was a gift from afar and one I have held onto for a year knowing the right time would come to open it. Well, last week seemed perfect time to celebrate a person who was a leader in making natural wines that were vibrant, beautiful, and sound. Any article about Taras and his wife Amber brimmed with their positive energy, and I loved this quote from him that appeared in a Imbibe tribute:
‘We could make more,’ he said to a room full of journalists, sitting round his enormous kitchen table last year. ‘But then I’d have to work harder, and then I wouldn’t be drinking wine with you guys.
‘I just want to make wine and have a nice life.’
Here’s to a life well lived! ❤️
— 5 days ago
Dauvissat crushed this vintage. Deep, precise and with riveting concentration and energy. Citrus fruits, white flowers, crushed stones and hints of sea spray. Finishes with great length, focus and tension. If you think it’s too young then you haven’t had it! :) — 7 days ago
Pale ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of red cherry, red plum, raspberry, strawberry jam, earth, forest floor; dry, medium plus acid, medium tannins, high alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, outstanding — 12 days ago