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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2008 Pinot Noir
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2008 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
100% Fe Ciega Vineyard

Production: 616 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
pH: 3.61
Titratable acidity: .55g/100ml.
Cellaring potential: 3-5 years
Bottle price: $48


Ciega. This wine is always the last of our Pinot Noirs to be released because
of the intense, closed in nature of the wine. However, in recent comparative
tastings I have had with several previous vintages of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir, this
2008 vintage seems to be a bit more open and approachable than most.
The wine is a blend of the three clones we have planted in the vineyard;
Pommard, Dijon 115 and 667. The individual lots were fermented and aged
separately in French oak barrels for 11 months before being blended and put
back into the barrels to age as a whole for an additional 3 months. The new oak
component was 28%.
The wine has a medium ruby color with aromas that are a complex mixture of
cherries, dried herbs, thyme and sage. On the palate it is medium bodied with
a soft, rich, viscous texture. The flavors are of cherries accented with dried
herbs. The acidity is well balanced and the finish has a sweet slightly candied
quality to it.
Although this vintage of Fe Ciega is more approachable than many of our previous
vintages, it would still benefit from being opened 30-60 minutes prior to serving,
or being decanted.
Serve this wine with a variety of foods including salmon, veal, sweetbreads and
traditionally prepared turkey with stuffing.

We are pleased to release our 2008 Pinot Noir from our Estate Vineyard, Fe Ciega. This wine is always the last of our Pinot Noirs to be released because of the intense, closed in nature of the wine. However, in recent comparative tastings I have had with several previous vintages of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir, this 2008 vintage seems to be a bit more open and approachable than most.

The wine is a blend of the three clones we have planted in the vineyard;Pommard, Dijon 115 and 667. The individual lots were fermented and aged separately in French oak barrels for 11 months before being blended and put back into the barrels to age as a whole for an additional 3 months. The new oak component was 28%.

The wine has a medium ruby color with aromas that are a complex mixture of cherries, dried herbs, thyme and sage. On the palate it is medium bodied with a soft, rich, viscous texture. The flavors are of cherries accented with dried herbs. The acidity is well balanced and the finish has a sweet slightly candied quality to it.

Although this vintage of Fe Ciega is more approachable than many of our previousvintages, it would still benefit from being opened 30-60 minutes prior to serving,or being decanted.

Serve this wine with a variety of foods including salmon, veal, sweetbreads and traditionally prepared turkey with stuffing.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
October 1, 2010


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Other Past Releases

2001 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2001 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2002 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Wine Club Selection - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2003 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2004 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2005 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2006 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara County
2006 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2007 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2008 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2009 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2010 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - 30th Anniversary - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2011 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2012 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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