Vineyard: Fe Ciega

AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Longoria Lovely Rita Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.64, 405 cases, $32. Grapes are from Fe Ciega Vineyard. Harvest Brix average 23.0ยบ. Primarily Pommard clone. 100% de-stemmed, aged 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Gently fined and filtered two weeks before bottling. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, forest floor, herbal oak and salinity. Enjoyable core of fresh, sweet red, spiced cherry and berry fruit. Nicely crafted, with mild tannins and a citrus-infused finish. Winemaker Rick Longoria advises a cellaring potential of 4 to 8 years. Score: 88. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Block M Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.20, TA 0.60, 67 cases, $55. Second vintage produced exclusively from fruit planted in the 1.25-acre Block M of Fe Ciega Vineayrd. Mt. Eden Clone. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, inoculated 14-day fermentation. Aged 25 months in 55% new French oak. Lightly filtered, but not fined. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is very ingratiating, offering plenty of dark red and black berry fruit aromas. In fact, one sniff of this beauty and you know that you are in for something special. Delicious, perfectly ripened flavors of black raspberry, black cherry and plum reduction sauce. Medium to full bodied with round, dry tannins, a very polished mouth feel and a long, long finish. Clearly a very classy wine that any red-blooded pinotphile will adore. Score: 94. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Longoria Lovely Rita Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.53, 360 cases, $32. A blend of 94% Fe Ciega Vineyard and 6% Bien Nacido Vineyard. Fermented in both the Ganimedes fermenter and open top fermenter. Aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Complex aromatics featuring scents of dark red raspberries and cranberries, spice, tea leaf, wet leaves and potpourri. Lighter weighted, but charming dark red berry flavors with supporting toasty oak. A wellrounded offering with nicely proportioned tannins and easy drink ability. Ready to drink now, but will last a few years. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.60, 605 cases, $48. 100% de-stemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters. 3-day cold soak, inoculated, average fermentation lasted 12 days. Aged 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose features deep purple fruits with noticeable oak. Rugged and masculine in nature with a full offering of earthy black plum, black currant and blackberry fruit encased in flamboyant tannins and accented by plenty of oak. Much better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing softer tannins and more vivacious fruit, but still significantly oaked. There is plenty of upside in this wine that needs cellaring for at least a few years to integrate the oak and tannins. Decant if you must open now. This wine has such a distinctive character each vintage that I am sure I could pick it out blind from a lineup. It definitely reflects its terroir. Very good. Source: www.longoriawine.com. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.61, 616 cases, $48. Pommard, Dijon 115 and 667. Aged 11 months in 28% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A savory wine with aromas of berry jam, deeply colored red roses, underbrush, herbs and toasty oak. Plenty of black raspberry and black cherry fruit is front and center with accents of oak and grilled meat. Supple in the mouth with fine grain tannins enrobing the hi-tone fruit that persists with a vengeance on the great finish. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle with better integration of oak-derived flavors and aromas. This is a wine of character and interest that sings its own tune. Further cellaring should enhance its pleasure. Reviewed December 14, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Longoria Fe Ciega Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

770 cases, $48. Rick believes in a diversity of clones and planted Pommard, 115, and 667 here in 1997. · The nose is rich and flamboyant with attractive toast, spice and dark cherry aromas. There is a nice follow through with dusty tannins and a touch of herbalness and oak on the finish. This vineyard produces concentrated fruit, and this wine has what the French call croquent, a concentrated core of flavor much like a crunchy hard candy. Reviewed July 23, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $50. · Aromas of sweet berry jam, leaves, oak and a question of Brett. A dark and dense wine featuring blackberries, plum, prune, grilled meat, animale and slight oak char framed by supple tannins and offering a smooth texture. Reviewed January 1, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.64, 326 cases, $48. A blend of clones 115, 667, Pommard and Mt. Eden. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, inoculated fermentation, average 12 day fermentation. Aged 14 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Lightly filtered but unfined just before bottling. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Big aromas of blackberry, black plum, peppercorn, spice and subtle contributions from oak. Full flavored, with mid weight purple fruits and Hoison sauce leading the parade. The finish is remarkably intense and persistent. Easy to drink now because of modest tannins, but has the balance to age nicely for several years. One of the most elegant vintages of Fe Ciega that Longoria has produced. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »