Longoria Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Fe Ciega Vineyard 2014  - Last Bottle

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!

Fe Ciega is the only estate vineyard, planted by Rick in 1998 and expanded to a total of 10 acres in 2008. The consistently high-quality wines produced from this vineyard have earned it a reputation as one of the “grand cru” sites in the Sta.Rita Hills viticultural appellation.

Technical Details

Region: 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.
Alcohol: 13.50%

About The Producer

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. In 2014, Rick moved into a brand new winery on the site of Lompoc's historic JM Club, with the Longoria Winery Tasting Room located in the former club house.

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 more than 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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