Longoria Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2013 Red Wine
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Longoria Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2013
Sta. Rita Hills, CA
94 pts. Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
93 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Rick Longoria has crafted another beautiful Pinot Noir from his Fe Ciega vineyard, highly acclaimed as one of the best vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The wine possesses the perfect acidity needed to make it an extremely food-friendly Pinot. Pairing it with almost any food really makes the wine's flavors "pop!" Enjoy the Longoria Fe Ciega with chicken, fish, duck, pork, lamb, spicy dishes; - you name it, it will go with it!
Our Estate Vineyard
Fe Ciega is our 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 appellation.
The vineyard is situated on a small mesa about 350 feet above the Santa Ynez River. Located at the end of Sweeney Road about 8 miles east of the Lompoc city limits, it is at the western end of the Santa Rita Hills viticultural appellation. The combination of the cool climate, clay loam soil with shale fragments, and gentle southern exposure all combine to produce intense, concentrated Pinot Noirs.
The Pinot Noir grapes at our estate vineyard were harvested during a four-day period beginning relatively early, on September 4th, with the exception of a small lot of the Pommard clone that was harvested on September 21st. The average sugar content was 23.8 Brix, with excellent acidity.
The grapes were entirely de-stemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters. The cold soak period averaged two days, after which the must was inoculated with yeast strains specifically chosen to enhance the aromas and flavors of Pinot Noir. After an eleven-day fermentation, the wine was pressed off, settled and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 38% of the barrels were new, in an effort to balance the oak component with the fruit of the wine. After 14 months of barrel aging the various lots were blended, lightly fined, filtered and bottled in January 2015.
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The nose is classic Fe Ciega, with floral notes leading to aromas of black cherries with hints of sage and cedar. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with a moderately extracted texture followed by flavors of currants and cherries with a hint of orange peel. The tannins are silky, and the oak flavors are so well integrated as to almost not be perceived. The wine’s acidity provides for a long, lingering finish.
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard source: Fe Ciega
Production: 466 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Titratable acidity: 0.60 g/100ml.