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Longoria Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 2007

ID No: 240459
Country:United States
Region:California
Winery:Longoria
Grape Type:Pinot Noir
Vintage:2007
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Longoria Pinot Noir Fe Ciega 2007 is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir

It is our great pleasure to release the new vintage of our flagship Pinot Noir from Fe Ciega, our estate vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills appellation.

The 2007 harvest season experienced normal temperatures. This enabled the grapes to reach maturity during the third week of September, which is historically the average date for Fe Ciega Vineyard. Sugar levels averaged around 24.7 Brix for all of the lots we harvested over a three day period.

Each lot was fermented and aged separately in French oak barrels. Approximately 32% of the barrels were new. The wine was aged in the barrels for 15 months, which is four months longer than has been our usual practice. This resulted in a wine that is smoother upon release than some of our past vintages.

The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a mixture of intense exotic spices and dried berries. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with strong spices accenting dried cherry flavors. Balanced oak vanillin contributes a slightly sweet impression in the mid-palate and finish. The tannins are slightly dry but will smooth out with 2-3 years of additional cellaring. The final result is an intensely flavored wine that manages to still remain elegant and balanced.

Serve this wine with game such as rabbit, quail, and pheasant to name a few excellent pairings.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
October 1, 2009

Reviews:

“Bright red. Highly aromatic bouquet displays scents of red and dark berry preserves, cherry skin, anise and dried rose. Deeply concentrated raspberry cherry flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and pick up a suave, spicy character in the glass. The anise note resonates on the long, spicy, focused finish. I’d hold this one for a few more years.” - Josh Raynolds 91 Points Tanzer

“This is a Pinot you have to use your judgment on concerning ageability,because it’s too young now. It’s very jammy-fruity in raspberries, cherries,bacon and cola, with sweet, smoky oak not yet integrated. But it’s a beautifully structured, balanced wine of great integrity, and should develop in the bottle. Best after 2011.Cellar Selection- S.H. 93 Points Wine Enthusiast
 
“Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex, black cherry, plum aromas with meaty, smoky notes; big, rich, deep black cherry flavors with plum, pepper and smoked meat notes; great texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Big, deep and yet silky and exquisitely balanced, this Pinot has so much complexity and pleasure at the same time. Delicious.”  95 Points Pinot Report
Winery: Longoria

Established in 1982, Longoria Wines is a small family owned winery producing acclaimed artisanal wines from some of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Pioneer winemaker Rick Longoria has been involved in the local wine industry since 1976. His wines are distinctive for their purity of varietal and site expression, balance and compatibility with food.

 

Longoria Wines is an artisanal family winery established in 1982 by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick’s decision to start his own wine label was born out of a desire to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals he was not producing as the winemaker for J. Carey Cellars, his first job as a winemaker. Rick sensed that those two varietals were poised to become the signature varietals for the new Santa Barbara County wine region, and he wanted to become a part of this new movement.

By 1982 he felt confident in his skills and in the quality of some of the County’s best vineyards to venture into the wine business for himself, and with financial help from his father he produced 500 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley vineyards.

Rick continued to produce very small quantities of Longoria wines after he became the winemaker for The Gainey Vineyard in 1985.

In 1997, Rick gave up steady employment to devote his full energies to his winery business. In May 1998, Rick and Diana opened the doors to their own tasting room in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Los Olivos. In December 1998, Rick moved his winery operation into a 5,400 sq. foot industrial building in what is now affectionately called the “Lompoc Wine Ghetto”. His was the first winery to be established in Lompoc.

Rick states "From the very beginning of my career I felt that the Santa Barbara wine region had the potential to produce world class wines and it's been very gratifying to see that belief realized over the last 30 years I've been here. It's also been very rewarding to have had the good fortune over the years to have some of my wines contribute to the acclaim of our wine region."

Over the years Rick has experimented with many different vineyard sources and grape varietals and has added more wines to his portfolio. Rick’s pursuit of excellence requires the production of his wines to remain small even after nearly 30 years in business. Longoria wines are handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 to 700 cases. Total annual production currently averages 3,000 cases.

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