Longoria Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Fe Ciega Vineyard 2014
Nothing to see here, folks….move along….nothing to see…..
There is so little of this CLASSIC 93-POINTER from Longoria (making pinot since 1982!) that we are loathe to gush about it too expansively. Especially at this price. Oh, whatever, it’s Sunday, hopefully you’re all watching football or working out or making a pie or building a snowman or making a mixtape or snowboarding down a run in Telluride.
IN YOUR FACE pinot this is, from master pinot guy Rick Longoria (your humble scribe was selling these wines in Anchorage, AK back in the 90s…). Deserving every point of it’s 93 bestowed, this is RACY, fleshy, pow pow whiz-bang juice that focuses on texture. Loads of juicy fruit and complex, exotic spices, it is a crowd-pleaser for sure -- did we mention 93 points and the best price on planet Earth?
Only a tiny bit! Get it while you can!
Technical DetailsRegion: California
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Fe Ciega Vineyard
Winemaker: Richard Longoria
Aging/Cooperage: The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters. After a four-day cold soak, the musts were inoculated with yeast. Following fermentation, which averaged nine days, the wine was pressed off, settled and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. 40% of the wine aged in new French oak barrels. After 15 months of barrel aging, the lots produced from the Pommard, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 clones were blended, fined and filtered prior to bottling in February 2016.
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