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The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - SEPTEMBER 2014

89 Points - 2012 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Here, Pinot Noir master Richard Longoria offers a more affordable taste of his Fe Ciega estate vineyard (whose other expressions cost upwards of $45 each). Aromas range from cranberry and tart blackberry to black pepper and wet slate, and the flavors hone in on sour cherry and tar. This wine features gripping tannins, so wait until 2016 for an even more optimal experience." Best Buy - M.K.


Wine & Spirits Magazine WINE & SPIRITS - AUGUST 2014

93 Points - 2011 Tempranillo, Santa Ynez Valley
"While tempranillo has a spotty track record, this captures the grape's nobility in its dark, meaty fruit and its cool density of structure, mouthwatering acidity stitching the wine tight. The fruit comes mostly from the Clover Creek Vineyard, a cool alluvial site near the Santa Ynez River, where Richard Longoria has sourced tempranillo since 2003. This bottling includes some syrah and merlot and – like many Riojas – was raised in American oak (45 percent new). It lasts on thick-skinned fruit tannins rather than oak, carry refreshing tones of blueberry and mint into a long, clean, vivid finish. Bring on the lamb chops, and stash a bottle or two away to see how this might age." ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2011 Tempranillo Wine & Spirits Review


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - AUGUST 2014

91 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Grown in Santa Barbara County Pioneer Rick Longoria's Estate Vineyard, this grabs attention with tobacco smoke and funky earth aromas. On the palate, the savory smells switch to bright acidity, with cranberry and barely ripe raspberry taking hold and evolving into a lasting finish. Stunning now, but it will emerge through 2019." - M.K. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2011 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review

89 Points - 2011 Evidence, Santa Barbara County
"This is a serious red wine, from its opaque, inky color to the dark cherry, freshly turned dirt and crushed herb aromas. The extra-long finish is preceded by a smooth mouthfeel with expertly integrated tannins. However, the black fruits are not quite as dazzling on the palate as the scents are on the nose." - M.K.


TerroiristTERROIRIST - JUNE 14, 2014

91 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A vibrant cherry-ruby color in the glass. Aromas of red currants and black cherries, dried rose petals, some roasted coffee notes, a hint of smoky tobacco. Such a vibrant wine on the palate, with tingly acid and grippy tannins. The fruit is tangy and bright (red currants, wild strawberries, some fleshy black cherries), and it's backed up by a complex mix of coffee, cedar, white pepper and some truffle notes. Equally delicious and intriguing, this Pinot evolves a lot with just a little air. Could use some cellar time to develop even more complexity." - IJB

91 Points - 2012 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Dark ruby color. Black cherries, violets, floral incense, cedar and mocha on the nose. Medium+ bodied, tangy acid, fine tannins. A lot of fruit packed in here, fleshy black cherries, raspberries, some blackberry even, along with cedar, forest floor and roasted chestnut and hazelnut. This loamy soil and iron note lingers onto the finish, and glazed mushroom note comes out with air. Bold but not overpowering, seems to show more grip and power than a lot of other Pinots from 2011. This could open up more over the next two or three years. Aged 14 months in 30% new French oak." - IJB

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Wine Review OnlineWINE REVIEW ONLINE - MAY 13, 2014

93 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Fe Ciega ("blind faith") is Santa Barbara County winemaking stalwart Rick Longoria's top Pinot Noir. It's medium-bodied, extraordinarily spicy and satiny on the palate, with vibrant wild berry and plum fruit and classic Sta. Rita Hills black tea character. Delicious now, it's certain to develop even more complexity with a few years in bottle." - Linda Murphy


SF GATETHE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: TOP 100 WINES IN THE WEST - DECEMBER 2013

2011 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"If it's not as flourishy as some of the newer models from Santa Rita, Rick Longoria's winemaking off a site farmed by area pioneer Richard Sanford makes for a great meeting of two authoritative Santa Barbara talents. Full of tar and salted licorice, and a mineral-edged blackcurrant and olallieberry fruit that's juicy and nutmeg-edged, it's a reminder of the area's classic bones."

Also mentioned as one of the "Top values from top producers": 2011 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills.

SF Chronicle Top 100


Stephen Tanzer STEVE TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - NOVEMBER 2013

93 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills
"Bright ruby. An expansive, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, rose pastille, Asian spices and vanilla. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering vibrant raspberry and spicecake flavors deepened by notes of cola and mocha. Zesty minerality adds lift and precision to the youthfully tannic finish, with its resounding notes of raspberry and cola." - Josh Raynolds

92 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Brilliant ruby-red. Raspberry, dried cherry and potpourri on the oak-spiced nose. Fleshy red fruit compote flavors have depth, brightened by notes of white pepper and fresh flowers. Unfolds nicely with air, picking up a hint of bitter chocolate. A vanilla quality adds sweetness to the impressively persistent finish, which is framed by chewy tannins." - Josh Raynolds

92 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Vivid ruby-red. A complex bouquet displays candied red fruits, spicecake, vanilla and smoky minerals. Sweet and sappy on the palate, offering intense raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up spiciness in the glass. Fine-grained tannins sneak in late on the finish, adding shape to the energetic dark berry and floral pastille flavors." - Josh Raynolds

92 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Bright ruby-red. Lively, sharply focused red berry and cherry scents are complemented by notes of vanilla, woodsmoke and potpourri. Fresh, sweet and seamless in texture, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of zesty orange pith. Closes smooth and very long, with slow-building spiciness and supple tannins. This fruit-driven pinot has the balance and freshness to age. By the way, the 2010 version of this wine is absolutely lovey right now. It's still worthy of plenty of more patience but drinks wonderfully with an hour or so of air, offering sweet red berry and rose pastille flavors and a touch of exotic Asian spices." - Josh Raynolds

91 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Rita's Crown Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Light yellow-gold. Fresh, mineral-tinged citrus fruits, sweet butter and toasty oak on the perfumed nose. Rich but lively, offering intense lemon curd, tangerine and bitter pear skin flavors and a hint of vanilla. Closes bright and impressively long, with lingering smokiness and suave florality." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh red fruit and rose scents are sharpened by notes of white pepper and allspice. Deeper in pitch on the palate, offering lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Sappy and seamless in texture, finishing sweet and long, with subtle smokiness and a touch of floral pastille. Drinking very well now, especially with an hour or so of aeration." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Sta. Rita Hills
"Bright yellow. Ripe pear and honey aromas are brightened by notes of lemon curd and ginger. Supple and refreshingly bitter on the palate, offering an array of orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Closes with good spicy lift and bite, leaving a honeysuckle note behind." - Josh Raynolds

89 Points - 2012 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County
"Pale yellow. Brisk citrus fruit, quinine and pear skin aromas are clean and sharply focused. Offers nervy flavors of Meyer lemon and pink grapefruit on the palate, with a subtle herbal quality building in the glass. Clean and focused on the finish, which clings with very good, spicy tenacity." - Josh Raynolds


Sunset International Wine CompetitionSUNSET MAGAZINE - OCTOBER 2013

Gold Medal - 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Rich, ripe, and creamy, with extracted raspberry, black cherry, cola, and vanillin character, plus firm tannins.



The Wine AdvocateWINE ADVOCATE - AUGUST 2013

91 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Sta. Rita Hills
"A beautiful wine that's loaded with varietal character, the 2011 Chardonnay Cuvee Diana is 100% Chardonnay that spent 13 months in 30% new French oak. Possessing gorgeous purity and richness, with ripe apple, peach, mineral, toast and hints of vanilla cream, it carries itself beautifully on the palate with a seamless texture, clean acidity and an overall classy, elegant profile. Count me a fan and this beauty will drink nicely through 2018+. Drink now-2018." - Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Rita's Crown Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Even better, with thrilling minerality paired with rich Chardonnay fruit, brioche and spice, the 2011 Chardonnay Rita's Crown Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, supple and awesomely pure on the palate. Elegant, rich and seamless, it's a knockout Chardonnay that readers should not miss! It spent 13 months in 30% new French oak, with roughly 30% of the blend going through malolactic fermentation. Drink now-2017." - Jeb Dunnuck

88 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Starting off the reds and a medium-bodied, easygoing effort that has good depth and richness, the 2011 Pinot Noir Lovely Rita has nice underbrush, dusty earth, cherry and spice-driven aromatics and flavors. Enjoy it over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016." - Jeb Dunnuck

91 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A denser, more serious effort that reflects the slightly warmer vintage (when compared to 2011), the 2010 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot fruit with plenty of red plum, cherry, underbrush and forest floor qualities on both the nose and palate. A classic Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, this medium-bodied, seamless, yet well-defined and structured effort will evolve gracefully through 2018 or beyond. Drink now-2018." - Jeb Dunnuck

92 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills
"More bright and perfumed, with brilliant violet, wild strawberry, sappy underbrush and new leather aromas and flavors, the 2011 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Block M comes from 4-year old vines and clay loam soils. Opening beautifully in the glass, with a deep, layered profile, excellent concentration and finely polished tannin, it's a superb Pinot Noir that will have over a decade of longevity. Drink 2015-2021." - Jeb Dunnuck

90 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"The 2011 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is also outstanding. Showing a kiss of new oak to go with classy black cherry and raspberry fruit, crushed flowers and underbrush, it comes together beautifully on the palate and offers a lively, medium-bodied profile that possesses excellent overall purity and focus. Give it another year or so and enjoy through 2021. Drink 2015-2021.

This was a fantastic lineup of wines that all showed solid variety character as well as beautifully made profiles. The wines are made by Richard Longoria and warrant attention." - Jeb Dunnuck


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - JULY 2013

92 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"The alcohol on this bottling is lower than most Fe Ciegas have been in the past, reflecting the cool vintage. The wine seems more austere than in the past, withholding a bit of the early appeal it used to show. Nonetheless, it's wonderfully structured in acids and tannins and very dry, with a judicious application of oak, and there are intricate flavors of cherries, red currants and herbs. Seems like it could shine with age, so give it six years in the cellar." Cellar Selection - S.H ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2010 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review

91 Points - 2012 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County
"Longoria brings a deft touch to this Pinot Grigio. The grapes were briefly fermented in tank, then bottled when the wine was only about four months old. The result is exceptionally fresh and lively, with tangy acidity brightening citrus, lemongrass, vanilla and white pepper flavors." Editors' Choice - S.H

91 Points - 2010 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"This is delicious, as Longoria's wines tend to be. It's dry and full bodied, and shows the firm tannins of a cool-climate Syrah. Yet it's also jam packed with blackberry, cassis, anise and dark chocolate richness. Really nice now, especially a great steak with some mushroomy additions." - S.H

90 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Rita's Crown Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"New oak dominates this Chardonnay, along with brisk acidity. Beneath the buttered toast and butterscotch are intensely concentrated tropical fruit flavors. The wine is a little linear now, possibly because the vines are quite young. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar." Cellar Selection - S.H

90 Points - 2012 Albariño, Santa Ynez Valley
"Over the years, Longoria has proven itself to be one of the best producers of Albariño in California. The 2012 bottling doesn't disappoint. In its dryness, crisp acidity, sleek flavors and modest alcohol level, it defines the grape variety's possibilities in the Golden State. The wine never saw oak. What you get are savory lemongrass and grapefruit flavors, with hints of honey and nectarines." - S.H


Pinot Report THE PINOT REPORT - JUNE 2013

94 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Deep ruby color; very tight and dense aromas of black cherry and plum; deep, young plum flavors with pepper and earthy notes; some tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Big, dense Pinot that is very young now. It needs time in the bottle and really needs air once it's in the glass. Will reward your cellar patience for a couple of years."

93 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Deep ruby color; tight, dense cherry aromas witih earthy notes; rich, lush plum flavors with earthy and oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, earthy Pinot that has layers of flavor."

93 Points - 2011 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Medium-deep ruby color; bright, spicy pepper and cherry aromas; rich, ripe spicy cherry and plum flavors with spice and lively texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright, lively Pinot that is simply delicious."

Click to download pdf: June 2013 Pinot Report Reviews


Anthony Dias Blue ReviewsTHE TASTING PANEL - MAY 2013

91 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Deep ruby color; lush and dense with black cherry and plum fruit; rich and tangy with black cherry and cassis; long, smooth and balanced." - Anthony Dias Blue

90 Points - 2011 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Sta. Rita Hills
"Bright and juicy with racy acidity and crisp citrus fruit; precise and lively with fresh, lifted flavors; tangy, long and balanced." - Anthony Dias Blue

89 Points - 2012 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County
"Fresh and minerally with bright apple and citrus fruit; long and balanced, juicy and nervy; vibrant, long and crisp." - Anthony Dias Blue

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SF GATETHE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: TOP 100 WINES IN THE WEST - DECEMBER 2012

2010 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Rick Longoria was one of Santa Rita's pioneers, and he planted the impressive Fe Ciega in 1998. His 2010 wines bring his work full circle. Amid a subtle, smoky oak is an intense heart of thyme-edged mineral presence and dark berry fruit, a perfect signature for the area." ~~~ SF Chronicle Top 100


Pinot Report THE PINOT REPORT - NOVEMBER 2012

93 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Medium ruby color; deep, complex, spicy cherry aromas with herbal notes; deep, complex, layered cherry flavors with earthy, savory spice notes; some oak and tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, earthy Pinot with a lot to like now and a lot to look forward to. "

94 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Medium-deep ruby color; complex, deep black cherry and plum aromas with black pepper and earthy notes; deep, complex, thick black cherry and plum flavors with rich, silky mouthfeel; toasty oak and earthy notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Beautifully mouthfilling and rich Pinot with layers and layers of flavor. Drinks well now but will age well too. " ~~~ Click to download pdf: November 2012 Pinot Report Reviews


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - DECEMBER 2012

#10, Top 100 Cellar Selections 2012 - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A top-rank Pinot Noir, this is dry, silky and elegant, with moderate alcohol despite great richness. The flavors of cherries, cola, plums and herbs are simply delicious, while the structure displays great integrity of acids and tannins. A bit tight now in youth, it should unfold over the next eight years. If you pop the cork now, give it a few hours of airing." - S.H.
Click to download pdf: 2009 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard - Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections
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The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - SEPTEMBER 2012

92 Points - 2009 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"A superior Syrah for its dryness, firm texture and restrained yet powerful flavors. Feels really fine in the mouth, with complex, rolling tannins that support waves of blackberry, bacon and sandalwood flavors, as well as something floral--violets, perhaps. Distinguished all the way through, it's fine for drinking now with foods like duck, game, steak or roasted chicken." - S.H. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2009 Syrah Alisos Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review


I Wine Review INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW - JULY 2012

90 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Santa Rita Hills
"Lovely Rita offers a red-fruited earthy nose with stems, vanilla and dried cherries. It is fruit forward and soft on the palate with a velvet mouth feel, round tannins and a long and very flavorful finish."

91 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Medium ruby. The Pinot Noir Bien Nacido offers aromas of earth, dried cherries and dried herbs on the nose. Soft and lush on the palate, it reveals rich flavors of plum, red berry fruit and notes of sweet oak with firm ripe tannins and a long finish."

91 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"This bottling is sourced from Fe Ciega, the Longoria estate vineyard. It is dark ruby in color and soft round and lush on the palate. It is also slightly rustic with tar, earth and plum-like fruit and spicy with firm round tannins and a long finish. Would benefit from a few years in the bottle before drinking."

90 Points - 2010 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Medium ruby. Earthy plum and cherry with stem notes. Fruit forward on the attack and the palate with a soft, velvet texture. Good intensity of red fruit, spice, round tannins and a vanilla note on the finish. Flavorful."

90 Points - 2010 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Santa Rita Hills
"The 2010 Chardonnay Cuvée Diana is a delicious wine that offers fresh stone fruit and melon flavors with a hint of smoke on the palate. It is beautifully balanced with good mouth feel and crisp acidity on the finish."

87+ Points - 2009 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"Dark ruby purple, this wine is young and assertive in character with aromas of dark berries and black pepper with high acidity and astringency on the attack and moderate fruit flavors on the palate. Aged for 26 months in 25% new oak and fined and filtered."

89 Points - 2009 Tempranillo, Santa Ynez Valley
"Medium ruby. This Tempranillo offers aromas and flavors dark of dark cherry and spice with hints of oak and vanilla. It is rich in fruit and nicely structured on the palate with round firm tannins and persistence on the finish."

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Burghound BURGHOUND - 2ND QUARTER 2012

88 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"A ripe and classic Bien Nacido nose of spice and mostly blue pinot fruit though there are background nuances of red currant and cherry. The textured, sappy and delicious middle weight flavors possess mid-palate density before culminating in a persistent and dusty finish where very mild touches of bitterness and warmth surface. I suspect that this will round out as the tannins are clearly ripe."

91 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A fresh, cool and very pure nose of dark berry fruit liqueur, spiced plum and a bass note of warm earth leads to dusty, textured and beautifully well-focused middle weight flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating extract that buffers the moderately firm and ripe tannic spine. The balance is impeccable and this should age effortlessly over the next decade."

89 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"A spicy, pure and expressive mix of black currant, dark berries and earth gives way to notably rich but attractively energetic medium-bodied flavors that possess a lush, indeed even opulent mouth feel yet for all of the plushness the finish retains its focus and balance. There is only moderate depth on the mocha-infused finish that evidences a hint of warmth but fine persistence."

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A discreet touch of wood sets off spicy and ripe red pinot fruit aromas that display a touch of crushed leaf before dissolving gracefully into round and opulent flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density. There is good volume and verve to the dry, clean and persistent finish that also displays a backend hint of mocha."


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - MAY 2012

95 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"top-rank Pinot Noir, dry, silky and elegant, with moderate alcohol despite great richness. The flavors of cherries, cola, plums and herbs are simply delicious, while the structure displays great integrity of acids and tannins. A bit tight now in youth, it should unfold over the next eight years. If you pop the cork now, give it a few hours of airing." Cellar Selection - S.H. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2009 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review


Prince of Pinot Review PRINCE OF PINOT- FEBRUARY 2012

2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"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. "

2010 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"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 (+)."


Anthony Dias Blue Reviews THE TASTING PANEL- JANUARY 2012

91 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Ripe, dense and concentrated with deep black cherry and plum; rich and spicy with smooth texture and a long, earthy finish." - Anthony Dias Blue


Pinot Report THE PINOT REPORT - JANUARY 2012

94 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Medium-deep ruby color; complex, plum and black cherry aromas with pepper and smoke notes; big, rich, deep pepper and plum flavors with smoky notes; great texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Delicious, deep Pinot with the kind of complexity I've come to expect from this vineyard. Perfect match for grilled lamb or pork."

94 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex, smoky cherry and plum aromas; deep, complex, rich smoky cherry flavors with meaty, earthy notes; some toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, toasty and complex, this Pinot is perfect for a grilled steak; give it some time to open in the glass."

94 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Medium-deep ruby color; tight, deep aromas of plum and black pepper; deep, rich plum and cherry flavors with spice and black pepper notes; some tannin and toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, deep Pinot that is still a baby ... needs time in the bottle and glass."

94 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex aromas of plum and herbs with some earthy notes; deep, closed, earthy, plum flavors with anise and herbal notes; moderate tannin and oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Earthy, deep Pinot with great structure -- needs time to open and will age well in your cellar."


jamessuckling.com JAMES SUCKLING REVIEWS - DECEMBER 2011

91 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A subtle and fruity red with earth, meat and berry character. Full to medium-bodied with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink after 2013." - James Suckling

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Plum and dried flowers with cedar. Full-bodied, with plenty of fruit. Turns slightly earthy. Funky but I like it. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"Sweet plum with hints of fresh cedar and sliced peaches on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a lovely balance of fruit. Floral and pretty. Best in 2013." - James Suckling


Stephen Tanzer STEVE TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

92 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Bright ruby. Spicy red berries and cherry on the nose, with lively mineral and rose notes adding energy. Bright and lithe, with spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors supported by fine-grained, building tannins. Finishes bright and focused, with outstanding length and repeating raspberry and spice notes. This should be even better with bottle age: Longoria recommends giving all Fe Ciegas "at least five years after the vintage before drinking them--and even then, decanting is a good idea." - Josh Raynolds

92 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Vivid ruby-red. Expressive aromas of red and dark berries, rose, cola and incense, with a sexy note of vanillin oak emerging with air. Juicy and expansive, with a seamless texture and very good depth to its raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Rich but bright, with excellent finishing clarity and spicy persistence." - Josh Raynolds

91 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Bright ruby-red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, minerals and musky herbs, with a sexy note of vanilla gaining strength with air. Then riper and deeper on the palate, with nicely delineated, spicy dark berry flavors that show attractive sweetness and good tangy bite. A well-proportioned, youthful pinot, finishing with fine-grained but firm tannins and very good persistence." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Sta. Rita Hills
"(all Fe Ciega fruit): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, vanilla and cola, with a spicy topnote. Bright, precise dark berry flavors are given depth by notes of sassafras and vanilla and pick up a peppery note with air. Finishes on a gently tannic note, with very good clarity and persistence. This drinks very well right now, especially with some aeration." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2009 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"(aged in 100% American oak): Ruby-red. Dried cherry and redcurrant aromas are complicated by cracked pepper and vanilla nuances. Fresh, finely etched red fruit preserve flavors are firmed by dusty tannins, with a floral note coming up with air. This suave, oak-spiced wine finishes with very good clarity and sweet persistence. There's an elegance to this wine that recalls Rioja but the intense fruit hearkens to Ribera del Duero." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2008 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"(harvested at a relatively low 24.5 degrees Brix and raised in one-third new oak): Dark purple. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, vanilla, cola and woodsmoke, complemented by a sneaky cracked pepper nuance and slow-building florality. Sappy and expansive, with very good depth to its oak-spiced blackberry and mulberry flavors. Tannins come on late and add structure and closing grip." - Josh Raynolds


The Wine Spectator THE WINE SPECTATOR - OCTOBER 2011

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"Firm and dense, yet supple around the edges, this offers vivid flavors of wild berry, raspberry, fresh earth and wildflowers, joined by touches of herb and spice. Needs time. Drink now through 2016. " - James Laube ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2009 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard Wine Spectator Review


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - SEPTEMBER 2011

93 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Obviously from a superior terroir, this Pinot shows gorgeously ripe berry fruit and spices, brisk acidity, firm tannins and a rich coating of oak. But the parts haven't come together. It's like a team that needs practice. Should peak sometime in 2012, and hold for a couple years." Cellar Selection - S.H. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2009 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review

92 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"A very fruity Pinot Noir, flamboyant in wild summer raspberry and cherry flavors. There's an exotic spiciness, and earthy, forest notes of pine needles and anise. A beautiful wine, dry and silky, and capable of a few years of age." - S.H.

90 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Santa Rita Hills
"A lovely Pinot Noir that's rich and soft and drinkable now. It's a little heavier than Longoria's vineyard-designated Pinots, but less expensive, too, with flashy cherry, raspberry, cola and spice flavors, touched with oak." - S.H.

90 Points - 2010 Albariño, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"From one of the best, most consistent Albariño producers in the state, Longoria's 2010 showcases brisk, clean acidity with plenty of flavor. Citrus fruits, melons, wildflowers, minerals, honey and spices flood the mouth, in a creamy texture. Try as a zesty alternative to Chardonnay." - S.H. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2010 Albariño Clover Creek Vineyard Wine Enthusiast Review

90 Points - 2010 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County
"Longoria's best Pinot Grigio yet, and one of the better ones out there. It's wonderfully clean and crisp, with rich, spicy flavors of citrus fruits, flowers, vanilla and honey." Editors' Choice. - S.H. ~~~ Click to download pdf: 2010 Pinot Grigio Wine Enthusiast Review



I Wine Review INTERNATIONAL WINE REVIEW - AUGUST 2011
93 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Medium ruby garnet in color, the Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard offers attractive aromas and flavors of dried cherry, spice and toast. Perhaps the most Burgundian of the four Pinot Noirs tasted, it is silky smooth and elegant on the palate and exhibits concentrated fruit flavors, excellent balance, soft round tannins and a long finish. Aged in oak for 14 months, it is composed of three Dijon clones: 115, 667, and Pommard"

93 Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"The Pinot Noir Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard exhibits a medium dark ruby hue and aromas of pure ripe cherry with black fruit notes. It is a lovely tasting wine, soft and elegant on the attack with concentrated fruit flavors, toast and spice. Aged in 30% new oak, it reveals excellent balance, soft round tannins and a long persistent finish. Made of 100% Dijon clone 667 from a very low yielding (1.5 tons/acre) block in the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard. A beauty."

90+ Points - 2009 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard reveals a dark ruby color and aromas of red cherry, plum, earth and toast. Aged for 10 months in French oak, 30% new, it is soft and elegant on the palate with spicy concentrated dark fruit flavors, excellent balance, soft tannins, and a smooth long finish. "


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - MARCH 2011
90 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"A good Pinot Noir, dry and rich and complex, but the acidity is high. It makes for a sharp cut across the berry and cherry flavors. Seems closer to the leaner 2006 than to the wonderfully rich '07, but will probably develop in the bottle over the next 5-7 years." - S.H.


Stephen TanzerSTEVE TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010
92 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Vivid ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of black raspberry, rose and sexy oak spices. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering sappy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a bit of white pepper. Exotic and spicy, with outstanding finishing cling and length." - Josh Raynolds

92 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Ruby-red. Lively raspberry, spicecake, rose and orange zest on the nose. Deeply pitched red berry flavors are enlivened by zesty minerality and complemented by notes of candied flowers, licorice and allspice. Penetrating fruit and mineral qualities expand on the very persistent finish, which features peppery spice and star anise notes" - Josh Raynolds

91 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry and cola, with spice and floral qualities gaining strength with aeration. Juicy, palatestaining red and dark berry compote flavors are lifted by zesty acidity and show an intriguing smokiness on the back half. Rich but lively, with strong finishing cut and lingering spiciness." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2008 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Santa Rita Hills
"Bright yellow-gold. An expansive bouquet of mango, pear and Meyer lemon, with complicating floral and spice qualities. Pliant orchard and tropical fruit flavors stain the palate and are given spine by tangy acidity. The finish is smooth, gently sweet and quite persistent. I like this wine's blend of richness and vivacity." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2008 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Santa Rita Hills
"Vivid red. Energetic aromas of strawberry, raspberry and minerals. Fresh, finely etched red berry flavors display very good concentration and lively minerality with no excess fat. Finishes with alluring sweetness, fine-grained tannins and very good clarity. This wine's balance appeals to me." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2007 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"Glass-staining purple. Expressive aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, with complicating notes of cracked pepper and olive. Deeply pitched blackberry and violet pastille flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and become spicier with air. Rich but lively, with strong grip and lingering sweetness." - Josh Raynolds

88 Points - 2008 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Bright purple. Ripe blueberry and boysenberry on the nose, with suggestions of woodsmoke and vanilla adding complexity. Weighty dark fruit flavors provide excellent palate coverage and show distinct ripeness. Seamless and sweet on the lingering, smoky finish." - Josh Raynolds


Sunset Magazine SUNSET MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2010
Top Picks - 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Earthy, dark plum, berry, and cherry flavors touched with licorice, leather, and tobacco."


Thirsty Girl THIRSTY GIRL WINE BLOG - AUGUST 2010
A Big State on a Small Scale
"Well-respected winemaker Rick Longoria began his eponymous winery in 1982 focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley. He is known for Pinot, but today his entire portfolio is world class. My favorites are Rick’s esoteric Spanish varietals. Making California Albarino and Tempranillo has brought him well-deserved attention and acclaim.

Star Sip: 2007 Longoria Tempranillo “Clover Creek Vineyard” Santa Ynez Valley $36. The best version of the variety I’ve ever sipped outside of Spain. A stunning red with layers of flavor and loads of character. " - Leslie Sbrocco ~~~ view full article


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - JULY 2010
94 Points - 2008 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Santa Rita Hills
"The grapes come mainly from the Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard, which is a great one, source to many top-scoring Chardonnays over the years. The wine is brisk, art and clean, with rich, dramatic flavors of pineapple, lime, honeysuckle and buttered toast. Really elegant and wonderful, and should blossom through early 2012.." - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


805 Living 805 Living Magazine - JULY 2010
Red, White, and New - 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Fair warning: There’s probably not much of this left. Tempranillo is my favorite Spanish grape (and quite possibly the best grape of all time). Longoria’s fifth vintage from Santa Ynez fruit takes this great grape to new heights with touches of syrah and merlot. The combination is soft and rich (so are the tannins). There were only 270 cases produced, so like I said, there’s probably not much of this left by now. Better hurry."


Wine & Spirits Magazine WINE & SPIRITS - JUNE 2010
92 Points - 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"The beautifully expressive aroma of earth and strawberries falls off into the oakdominant middle of this wine, where sweet vanillin covers it over. The fruit comes out again in the finish, as dark and velvety as finely grown tempranillo can be. Decant this for a steak."


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - JUNE 2010
93 Points - 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"The beautifully expressive aroma of earth and strawberries falls off into the oakdominant middle of this wine, where sweet vanillin covers it over. The fruit comes out again in the finish, as dark and velvety as finely grown tempranillo can be. Decant this for a steak." - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - APRIL 2010
93 Points - 2007 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"One of the best California Tempranillos of this or any vintage, Longoria’s ’07 establishes a new benchmark for the variety. Finally we have a dry, crisp and complex Tempranillo, filled with cherry, red currant, tobacco, spice, vanilla and sandalwood flavors, wrapped into polished tannins. A delicious, medium-bodied red wine to enjoy with lamb chops, game, or even roast salmon" Editor's Choice - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


The Wine Enthusiast WINE ENTHUSIAST - MARCH 2010
93 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"This is a Pinot you have to use your judgment on concerning ageability, because it’s too young now. It’s very jammy-fruity in raspberries, cherries, bacon and cola, with sweet, smoky oak not yet integrated. But it’s a beautifully structured, balanced wine of great integrity, and should develop in the bottle. Best after 2011." Cellar Selection - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


Stephen TanzerSTEVE TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009
91 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Bright red. Highly aromatic bouquet displays scents of red and dark berry preserves, cherry skin, anise and dried rose. Deeply concentrated raspberry and cherry flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and pick up a suave, spicy character in the glass. The anise note resonates on the long, spicy, focused finish. I'd hold this one for a few more years." - Josh Raynolds

91 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita, Santa Rita Hills
"Deep red. Highly perfumed bouquet offers bright red fruit and floral qualities, with notes of cinnamon and allspice adding complexity. Fresh, energetic and youthfully wound up, with sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors and no rough edges. Leaves smoke and spice notes behind on the long, vibrant finish." - Josh Raynolds

91 Points - 2006 Syrah, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Bright ruby. Highly expressive aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers, orange zest and woodsmoke. Vibrant, medium-bodied red fruit flavors remind me of pinot noir, as does the silky texture and note of candied rose. Finishes brisk and sweet. This is drinking very well right now." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
"Medium red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, orange peel and rose, with a hint of white pepper adding urgency. Juicy red fruit flavors are given spine by nervy minerality and gain sweetness with air. This very fresh and lively wine is delicious now but balanced to age." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana, Santa Rita Hills
"Yellow-gold. Fresh peach, honey, nutmeg and smoky minerals on the nose. Supple and fruity but with firm acidity adding spine to the lush orchard and pit fruit flavors. A zesty mineral quality gives edge, freshness and penetration to the finish, which repeats the peach note. I like this wine's blend of richness and vivacity." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2006 Tempranillo, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Vivid ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cherry, flowers and Asian spices. Very fresh and focused, offering racy red fruit flavors and showing no rough edges. There's a pinot-like delicacy and vivacity to this wine that's highly alluring: I'd drink it now for its freshness and energy." - Josh Raynolds

89 Points - 2008 Albariño, Clover Creek Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
"Greenish yellow. Intriguing aromas of lime zest, herbs, honeysuckle and green tea. Light-bodied citrus flavors give way to richer pear and melon while maintaining vibrancy and freshness. Clean and racy on the finish, with the melon note repeating." - Josh Raynolds

89 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Bright red. Smoky red berries, flowers and herbs on the nose. Fresh redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are supple in texture and complemented by notes of smoky herbs and candied rose, with no obvious tannins. A note of mocha lingers on the persistent, vaguely sweet finish. This pinot could handle richer foods." - Josh Raynolds

89+ Points - 2006 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
"Inky ruby color. Deep, smoky aromas of singed cherry and plum, with complementary notes of cured meat, violet and cracked pepper. Broad and fleshy in texture, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and solid tannins. Becomes brighter and more energetic with air and finishes with very good clarity and spicy persistence. Give this some air." - Josh Raynolds



The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - NOVEMBER 2009
96 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
"Longoria has taken full advantage of the fine 2007 vintage in producing this massive, ageable Pinot Noir. It stuns with the richness of black cherries and red currants that have an edge of cocoa and pepper, yet finishes totally dry, with balancing acidity. Best of all is the authorative mouthfeel. This gorgeous Pinot is very great now, and should evolve through 2013. Unfortunately, only 111 cases were produced." - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - NOVEMBER 2009
95 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
"A gorgeous Pinot Noir whose translucent silkiness and delicacy mask a wine of considerable potency. Shows true elegance in the racy mouthfeel and dryness, with compelling, complex flavors of tart red cherries, pomegranates, rhubarb, orange peel, rose petal, vanilla and smoke. Distinguished and ageworthy. Now - 2013" - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - NOVEMBER 2009
92 Points - 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvée Diana
"Very rich and burgundian, showing ripe flavors of pinapples, limes and peaches, with barrel notes of vanilla and buttered toast. The texture is creamy smooth, while bright acidity makes the mouth feel clean and fine." - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - NOVEMBER 2009
90 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
"Longoria's basic Pinot Noir shows the crisp acidity, delicate texture, and true varietal flavors that this coastal Santa Barbara appellation gives to Pinot Noir. It feels light and silky in the mouth, yet it is dense in black cherries, blueberries, red currants and cola. Drink now." - S.H.


BurghoundBURGHOUND.COM - OCTOBER 2009
91 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard
"Sta Rita Hills, 14.9%, $45, 112 cases). A primarily red fruit nose also has a touch of the vegetal though it’s subtle and it can also be found on the delicious, balanced, pure and nicely detailed middle weight flavors that are focused and possess excellent finishing energy. This should age gracefully and more importantly, be worth the wait. 91/2013+ "

90 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard
"(Santa Maria Valley, 14.6%, $45, 111 cases). A ripe and lightly spicy nose offers up red and blue pinot fruit nuanced with distinct herbal aromas that can also be found on the rich, delicious, vibrant and supple medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel and culminate in a lingering and solidly complex finish. There is a trace of warmth but provided that the proper serving temperature is maintained, it’s not intrusive. 90/2013+ "

89 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"(13.9%, $50, 710 cases). A pungent nose that is spot on with what I associate with Sta Rita Hills aromas of freshly turned and very compost rich soil as the vegetal character of that dirt is really on parade. The rich, supple and delicious medium-bodied flavors also display a touch of the vegetal and some may find it more than they prefer. Personally, I find that it adds another element of complexity on the lingering finish. 89/2013+"

89 Points - 2007 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita
"(Sta. Rita Hills, 13.9%, $32, 249 cases; this is a new bottling that the winery calls “a budget version of Fe Ciega”). A beautifully complex nose features notes of violet, red and blue pinot fruit and very subtle earth and spice hints that continue onto the attractively detailed and fresh middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of underlying tension and vibrancy on the sappy and dusty finish. The finish doesn’t quite deliver the same depth as the nose but this is very well balanced and can already be enjoyed though a few years in the cellar will only serve to add interest. 89/2011+ "


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - OCTOBER 2009
91 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido
"Dry and robust in tannins, this very fine Pinot Noir will benefit from some time in the cellar. With a silky texture, it shows tart and coastal acidity framing flavors of sour red cherry candy, cinnamon, sandalwood and pepper. Best 2010-2012." - S.H. ~~~ view pdf flyer


Wine & Spirits MagazineWINE & SPIRITS - OCTOBER 2009
92 Points - 2006 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard
"Scents of licorice, fennel and sage place this syrah in the chaparral-covered hills of Santa Barbara. It feels warm without being hot, the herbal aromas forming a savory contrast to the ripe plum and blueberry flavors. The rich texture is lifted by peppery spice, with lasting flavors of juniper and violet. Decant a bottle for venison." (172 cases) Richard Longoria Wines, Los Olivos, CA. ~~~ view pdf flyer


Pinot ReportPINOT REPORT - JULY 15th, 2009
95 points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Deep ruby color; intense dark cherry and plum aromas with some pepper and earthy notes....good structure and balance; long finish."


Tasting PanelTHE TASTING PANEL - JULY 2009
90 Points - 2008 Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara County
"Pure and juicy with lovely fruit; dry, beautifully racy with clean with nicely articulated flavors." - Anthony Dias


PATTY'S PINOT CLOSET - JUNE, 2009
91 points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Medium intensity wine with a black cherry color. Aromas of black cherries and hints of sage. Tastes of velvety dark fruit with a lingering finish."


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - DECEMBER 1st, 2008
90 Points - 2007 Cuvée June, Pink Wine
"A wonderful blush wine that calls to mind the dry rosés of Provence. A Grenache-Syrah blend of equal proportions, it’s crisp and vibrant, with subtle flavors of raspberries, orange tea, lemon thyme and sweet lemongrass." - S.H.


Stephen TanzerSTEVE TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008
91 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Bright ruby color. Pungent red berries and cherry on the nose, with a subtle undercurrent of smoky herbs and fresh flowers. Sappy, sharply focused cherry and dark berry flavors are energized by a late peppery bite. Impressively fresh and precise on the finish, which is enticingly sappy and very long." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2005 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard
"Inky ruby. Cherry compote and plum aromas are complemented by cracked pepper and fresh flowers, with subtle baking spice qualities adding energy. Sweeter dark berry flavors are firmed by velvety tannins and lifted by gentle acidity, which adds cut to the back end. Finishes with tangy, peppery bite and very good persistence. There's a pinot-like precision to this syrah." - Josh Raynolds

90 Points - 2005 Syrah, Clover Creek Vineyard
"Saturated ruby-red. Smoky raspberry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by pungent herbs, violet and minerals; very syrah. Fleshy and smooth, with sweet red and dark berry flavors, well-knit tannins and a slow-mounting spiciness. Turns firmer on the finish while maintaining its sweet fruit. I like this wine's balance and find it drinkable right now, but it should reward a few more years of aging, at least." - Josh Raynolds

89 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict
"Saturated red. Dark cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by musky herbs and dried rose. Firm, sharply focused bitter cherry, cured tobacco and floral pastille flavors are youthfully subdued but gain sweetness and flesh with air. Very good potential here but very reluctant to offer much immediate pleasure. Definitely give this another couple of years of bottle age." - Josh Raynolds

88 Points - 2005 Evidence, Santa Barbara County (a Bordeaux blend)
"Ruby-red. Pungent red- and blackcurrants on the nose, with suave tobacco and smoky minerals adding complexity. Juicy cassis and candied plum flavors are fat and oily but could use a bit more lift. Notably rich and built for strongly seasoned, smoky food." - Josh Raynolds


BurghoundBURGHOUND.COM - OCTOBER 2008
90 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"An extremely ripe but not roasted dark berry and cassis fruit nose introduces supple, forward, seductive and velvety medium-bodied flavors that are underpinned by dusty, almost raspy tannins and fine length. This does a better than average job of carrying its alcohol as there is almost no overt warmth and while there is a trace, it's relatively subtle. A delicious pinot that is quie ripe but not necessarily a "power pinot."


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - OCTOBER 2008
90 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict
"Typical of a fine young S&B Pinot, this is rather hard and closed in tannins now, although decanting will help coax out the cherry and currant fruit. But it really needs a good 4-6 years." - S.H.


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - SEPTEMBER 2008
92 Points - 2006 Cuvée Diana Chardonnay
"This is the winery's best Chardonnay blend. It comes mainly from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and shows the fine structure associated with the appellation. Juicy acidity firms up the oak-inspired Meyer lemon, crushed pineapple and tangy mineral flavors. Should soften and become more complex over the next six years." - S.H.


SF GATETHE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: WINE SELECTIONS - AUGUST 8, 2008
TWO STARS - 2006 Cuvée Diana Chardonnay
One of the top 16 wines out of 75 tasted!

"Winemaker Rick Longoria honors his wife, Diana, with this flagship Chardonnay, sourced primarily from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Hints of smoke on the nose give depth to aromas of kiwi, tangerine and green apple. Flavors and textures on the palate pull you in after the first sip of pineapple, sweet cream, spice and a honeyed note." - Lynn Char Bennett


Tasting PanelPATTERSON'S THE TASTING PANEL MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2008
94 points - 2006 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Luscious black cherry and racy acidity; fresh and intense with perfect ripe flavors."


The Wine EnthusiastWINE ENTHUSIAST - AUGUST 2008
90 Points - 2006 Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
"You can almost smell the minerals and acids in this Chardonnay. The flavors verify the aroma, adding fruitier notes of limes, sweet apples and white peaches, complexed with the creamy, smoky nuances of new oak and sur lies aging."
- S.H.


Wine & Spirits MagazineWINE & SPIRITS Magazine - APRIL 2008
92 Points - 2006 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Rick Longoria planted the Fe Ciega Vineyard in 1998 close to the Pacific at the cool western end of the Santa Rita Hills. This sixth release from those vines feels plump and rich in its youth with a texture like ripe Volnay. Firm, grainy tannin frames the generous flavors of black cherry, while a refreshing streak of acidity keeps it nimble. Cellar for a year or two and then pour with a bavette steak seared rare. (832 cases) - Joshua Greene


WINE ENTHUSIAST - March 2008

"The Santa Barbara Pinot Noirs, and particularly the highly coveted single-vineyard bottlings from the Santa Rita Hills, are every bit as rich and vibrant as in past years, but in general possess an acid-inspired sleekness that makes them utterly delicious right away-a quality Brewer calls "precocious." Yet they're also capable of aging, although not for as long as a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. The best of the '05 Santa Ritas-Sea Smoke's Southing, Longoria's Fe Ciega, Brewer-Clifton's Mt. Carmel, Ojai's Fe Ciega-are wines of silky power that will offer plenty of pleasure over the next 6-8 years."
-Steve Heimoff for Wine Enthusiast


FOOD & WINE Magazine - MARCH 2008
2005 Longoria Tempranillo made their WINE WATCH what to try now page! Megan Krigbaum wrote, "The warm Santa Ynez Valley provides a perfect home for the flavorful Iberian grape. Case in point: this elegant, medium-bodied wine.

FOOD & WINE Magazine - AUGUST 2007
Best New California Chardonnays - 18 Best Bottles - 2005 Longoria Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills - Cuvée Diana
"Winemaker Rick Longoria named this wine for his wife, Diana. She has every reason to be pleased by this association; it's a graceful, focused Chardonnay, with a chalky minerality and flavors that recall quince and spice." - Ray Isle


WINE ENTHUSIAST - APRIL 2007
To read the article, please click here.

LONGORIA’S TOP SCORING WINES

95 Points – 2005 Pinot Noir – Fe Ciega Vineyard $48.00
“You’d never guess the power from the pale color. A multi-clone blend, it impresses from the first sniff, all pureed ripe cherries and strawberries, leading to a dramatically fruited, fresh, pure and vibrant mouth feel. Should hold and improve for a decade.” Editors’ Choice – S.H.

95 Points – 2005 Chardonnay – Cuvée Diana $40.00
“The volume on this wine is kicked way up over Longoria’s regular ’05. It is a voluptuous blend of two old-vine vineyards, Sanford & Benedict and Sweeney. The wine possesses a weight and density that impress, with a rich, exotic array of flavors. Key lime pie, pineapple custard, candied ginger, macaroon, honey and buttered toast, with a finish of mineral and steel. Completely balanced, this gorgeous Chard will hold for many years.” Editors’ Choice – S.H.

94 Points - 2005 Pinot Noir – Sanford & Benedict Vineyard $42.00
“Classic S&B Pinot, young and grapy now, and a little sharp in acids, this wine’s aristocratic rusticity calls for time in the cellar. Shows primary fruit cherries and black raspberries, with earthy, forest floor Portobello mushroom notes and distinctive tannins. Made from the oldest vines in the vineyard, it’s a wine that should ease into its own by 2009, and hold for another five years.” - S.H.

93 Points – 2005 Pinot Noir – Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard $45.00
(To be released in June)
“Made from the Pommard clone grown at the Foley estate vineyard, near the eastern edge of the appellation, this Pinot is tremendously aromatic. It’s slightly rustic and backward now, with rhubarb, mushroom, cherry jam and Asian spice flavors. Shows gobs of complexity and is rich and balanced, but will benefit from short-term aging. Give it four years in the bottle.”
Cellar Selection – S.H.

92 Points - 2005 Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills $32.00
“What a beautiful translucent ruby color, so clean and pure! The wine itself is direct in raspberry, cherry and cola flavors, but it’s not simple. Shows layers of spice, leather, Provencal herbs and fine oak, with a silky mouth feel. A real sommeliers’ wine. Its’ a blend of Longoria’s Fe Ciega vineyard and the Foley estate.” – S.H.

90 Points - 2005 Chardonnay – Santa Rita Hills $28.00
“A blend of the Foley and Sweeney vineyards, both of them top estates, this Chard has rich lemon drop and mineral flavors, with a subtle cost of toasty oak. It’s crisp and clean and very fine.” - S.H.


WINE ENTHUSIASTUSIAST - December 15th, 2006
Top 100 Wines of the Year
93 Points - 2005 Albariño, Clover Creek Vineyard
“Granted, there haven’t been many, but this is the best California Albariño I’ve had. A wonderful wine, crisply acidic and deeply flavored. Candied citrus zest, peach pie, pink grapefruit, buttery honeysuckle, apricot, nectarine, and no oak because it doesn’t need any. A spectacular food wine or just cocktail. Shows the promise of this variety in the right climate.” Editors’ Choice. –S.H.

WINE ENTHUSIAST - December 1st, 2006
92 Points - 2003 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard
“A new wine from veteran Rick Longoria. It combines both cool climate and warmer aspects, showing ripe, forward, almost jammy cherry and cassis fruit as well as the acidity and tannins associated with, say, Santa Rita. It’s a compelling wine, complex and delicious.” Editors’ Choice. –S.H.


WINE ENTHUSIAST - November 15th, 2006
95 Points - 2004 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
“Firm in acids, with some tannins, yet not at all hard.  This is a magnificent, masculine Pinot Noir.  It floods the palate with cherry pie, cola and mocha flavors, Asian spices and a sweet, smoky, buttery phyllo pastry quality.  So technically perfect, with such structure, it seems guaranteed for the cellar.  Drink now through 2010, but who knows how long it will last.” Editors’ Choice. –S.H.


WINE ENTHUSIAST - November 15th, 2006
93 Points - 2004 Chardonnay "Cuvée Diana"
“Don’t look for fat, buttery stuff here.  This wine is as streamlined as a steel girder.  With high acidity and a firm minerality, it hits the palate clean and spicy.  But once it warms up, wham!  Exotic kiwis, limes and mangoes take over as well as the buttercream effects of barrel fermentation.  Fantastic concentration, and probably good for a decade.” –S.H.


WINE ENTHUSIAST - March 2006
96 points - 2004 Pinot Noir, Mt. Carmel Vineyard
"Longoria makes one of the most balanced Pinots in California, combining power and charm with early drinkability. This beauty is complex in aromatic bettroot, cherry, cola, oakspice and smoke notes, and drinkds dry and supple, with fairly tight tannins. It shows brilliant structure, with firm silky texture and brisk acidity. It is a wholesome, completely fulfulling Pinot Noir." Editor's Choice - S.H.


FOOD & WINE Magazine - December 2005
10 Top Vineyards and Bottles

"Bien Nacido Vineyard:  A vast property in California's Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Supplies lush Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varieties to more than 40 top producers including Ojai, Qupe, Au Bon Climat and Testarossa."

TOP BOTTLE:  2003 Longoria Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Winemaker Richard Longoria sources this coolly herbal Pinot full of red cherry flavor from some of Bien Nacido's oldest vines."
(Read the article at http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/tasting-room-10-best-vineyards)


WINE ENTHUSIAST - February 2005
92 points - 2002 Chardonnay “Cuvée Diana”
"Combines just the right amount of fresh acidity, ripe fruits and spices, and smoky oak to produce a balanced, delicious wine. Packed with powerful tropical fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, toast, even a white chocolate richness on the finish. - S.H."


"Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2004" - Dec. 2004 issue
2002 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard


WINE ENTHUSIAST
- November 1, 2004

94 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard
"A great success, a great wine that seems to epitomize this appellation.  Brimming with cool-climate acidity, firm and steely in texture, but lush and seductive.  The cherry, mocha and cinnamon flavors go on forever, massive yet balanced and harmonious." - SH
91 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard
"Similar to Longoria's Mt. Carmel bottling, but trades a shade of opulence for greater tannins and an earthy, tobaccoey note beside the cherries, mocha and oak.  Rich and complex, with firm acids and a silky texture.  Serious Pinot Noir.  Editors' Choice." - SH
91 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
"Plush, oaky and young, but clearly very fine, this Pinot exudes blackberries, cherries, smoky oak, vanilla and spice, with firm acids.  It's so ripe, it's almost jammy.  Delicious now, but give it a year or two to knit together." - SH


WINE SPECTATOR - September 15, 2004
93 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard

One of James Laube's Top-Scoring Pinot Noirs
"Fans of California Pinot Noir should run, not walk, to secure their share of the 2002 vintage, the best vintage I've tried in more than 25 years of writing about the category."
"Great balance.  Ripe plum and berries unfold gracefully and gain amplitude at mid-palate; long aftertaste is framed by lively acidity and ripe, integrated tannins." - JL


ROBERT M. PARKER, JR’S - THE WINE ADVOCATE - August 2004
87 points - 2002 Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills
90 points - 2002 Chardonnay - Cuvée Diana
92 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard
89 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard
91 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard
90 points - 2002 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

"Longoria is another Santa Barbara winery that is ratcheting up the level of quality.  This portfolio appears to include the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs they have yet produced.  The 2002 Chardonnay-Cuvée Diana is a crisp, high acid effort with notes of white currants, crushed stones, minerals, and citrus offered in a grand cru Chablis-like style.  It is a subtle yet substantial, medium to full-bodied, elegant, pure white to consume over the next 2-3 years.  More obvious as well as fruit driven is the 2002 Chardonnay-Santa Rita Hills.  This well-made medium bodied effort reveals aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, spice box, and earth.  It should be drunk over the next 1-2 years.  Longoria's quartet of Pinot Noirs include the 2002 Pinot Noir-Mt. Carmel Vineyard.  A beauty, it possesses plenty of black cherry characteristics along with hints of caramel, earth, and plums presented in a fleshy, full-bodied, seamless, dense, supple yet seductive style.  The wine's perfume and headiness suggest consumption over the next 3-4 years is warranted.  The saturated, deep purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir-Sanford & Benedict Vineyard reveals gorgeous aromas of smoke.  Chinese black tea, chocolate, barbecue spice, and cherry cola-like aromas.  Medium-bodied, heady, and tasty, it should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.  Lastly the brilliant 2002 Pinot Noir-Bien Nacido Vineyard boasts a deep ruby color as well as a rich sumptuous bouquet of black cherries, flowers, minerals and Asian spices.  Its medium to full body, outstanding freshness, zesty underlying acidity and long, blackberry and cola-infused finish suggest this beauty should be enjoyed now and over the next 5-7 years.


Wine International Magazine - August 2004
Larry Walker's Diamond Dozen
95 points - 2002 Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills - Cuvée Diana
"Floral and spicy opening with layers of fat flavous in the centre. The close is long and round with bright acidity. Very impressive. Drink 2004-2012"


PINOT REPORT - Issue No. 24 - Release Date:  8/31/04
94 points - Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard
93 points - Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard
92 points - Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard
91 points - Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

For more information, go online at www.pinotreport.com.


WINE ENTHUSIAST - March 2004
2001 Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills - Fe Ciega Vineyard - 94 points

"A gorgeous wine that impresses for its early charm, complexity and ageability. It's delicious now, with the flavor of a black cherry and cassis tart sprinkled with cinnamon and vanilla, wrapped in a smoky-sweet buttery pie crust. Feels super in the mouth, soft and elegant, while a trace of earthy tannins in the finish will protect it in the cellar." - S.H.


WINE ENTHUSIAST - February 2004
2001 Syrah - Alisos Vineyard - Rex - 93 points

"A brilliant and impressive wine whose rich fruit, lush tannins and structure recommend it. A melange of blackberries and plums, with notes of mushrooms, herbs and peppery spices. It's fully dry, but the fruit flavors are so ripe, they finish with a delicious sweetness. Drinkable now, but also cellarworthy." - S.H.
2001 Syrah - Santa Barbara County - 92 points
"An excellent red wine, with nice body and structure. The flavors range from plums and black cherries to white pepper, and the tannins are voluptuously soft and complex. It's totally dry, a beautiful wine to pair with your finest foods." Editors' Choice. - S.H.


THE WINE NEWS - February/March 2004
2001 Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - 93 points

One of the best of the current Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir releases culled from a blind tasting of 35 wines sampled in July:
"Nose of ripe raspberry, coffee bean and cinnamon-clove spice. Round and luscious on the palate with a deep core of raspberry fruit, the wine impresses with its opulent texture and bright acidity, finishing with a flourish of vanillin oak." - Steve Pitcher


LOS ANGELES TIMES - Food Section - Wednesday, February 4, 2004
2001 Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills - Fe Ciega Vineyard

One of the 6 top rated new California Pinot Noirs:
"A more masculine Point, with pleasing leather and tobacco aromas and firm acid. This one would be good with cured meats or cheese." - Corie Brown


WINE ENTHUSIAST – December 15, 2003
2001 Chardonnay – Santa Rita Hills – 92 points

“Brilliantly flamboyant grapes went into this wine, to judge from the results. Huge, massive flavors ranging from the ripest pears to succulent tropical fruits. The wine is big enough to support the extensive lees and new oak. Best of all is the acidity, which seems distinctly Santa Barbara in scope.”


WINE ENTHUSIAST – October 2003
2001 Pinot Noir-Santa Rita Hills-Mt. Carmel Vineyard – 92 points:

“This dramatic wine is dark, young and closed. It opens with a flourish of black
cherry and currant aromas conjoined with the smoky vanillins of oak, but it hasn’t all come together. Yet it impresses with its sheer flashy depth. Give this puppy a few years to knit together. It is a very, very good wine.”


ROBERT M. PARKER, JR’S - THE WINE ADVOCATE – October 2003
2001 Chardonnay – Santa Rita Hills - 87 points
2001 Chardonnay – Santa Rita Hills – Mt. Carmel Vineyard - 87 points
2001 Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills - Fe Ciega Vineyard - 86 points
2001 Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - 87 points

“In the mouth the 2001 Chardonnay, Mt. Carmel Vineyard, is very high in acidity revealing flavors of oranges, candle wax and caramelized white currants. The 2001 Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills has tropical fruit/orange and citrus oil aromas, that are followed by a medium to full-bodied textured Chardonnay that should be consumed over the next 1-2 years. From an 8-acre vineyard, the 2001 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard exhibits copious amounts of spicy oak, lean austere flavors, and a pinched finish. Attractive underlying currant, fig, and plum flavors are compressed by high acidity. The dark ruby-colored 2001 Pinot Noir, Mt. Carmel Vineyard reveals additional sweetness as well as texture in its vibrant personality. Notes of strawberries, cherries, plums, and earth in addition to well-integrated acidity are found in this medium-bodied 2001. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.”


WINE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE – August 2003

Larry Walker wrote the article featuring Santa Barbara County wines, including photos of Rick and Fe Ciega Vineyard.
“Longoria’s Chardonnays are among the best in California…”
Top 20 Santa Barbara County Wines included:
92 points – Longoria 2000 Chardonnay, Mount Carmel Vineyard
“Deep, ripe green apple flavors following a hint of cinnamon on the opening. The center is rich and creamy, leading to a long finish with a good minerally bite echoing the opening. Drink 2003-2007.”
88 points – Longoria 2000 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
“There’s 11% Mourvedre in this richly concentrated wine. Raspberry and black pepper on the opening, looping back at the finish. Drink 2003-2006”


ROBERT PARKER’S THE WINE ADVOCATE – August 2003
2000 Syrah, Santa Barbara County - 86 points
2001 Syrah, Santa Barbara County - 88 points
2001 Syrah, Alisos Vineyard – Rex - 90 points

“Longoria’s 2000 Syrah reveals straightforward berry, herb, fig and licorice characteristics along with vivid acidity, medium body, and a fresh lively finish. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. In contrast the 2001 Syrah exhibits more heady alcohol as well as attractive fig, black currant, licorice earth, and camphor notes, medium to full body, and an elegant flavorful personality. With additional length and oomph than its older sibling, it will drink well for 6-8 years. The finest of this trio, the inky purple-colored 2001 Syrah Alisos Vineyard Rex boasts terrific aromas of blackberries and blueberries. It is full-bodied with admirable power buttressed by tangy acidity. Although sizeable, it’s light on its feet because of the acid, tannin, extract and balance. It should develop even more complexity over the next 10-12 years.”


PINOT REPORT Issue No. 16 – August 2003:
2001 Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills – 88 points
2001 Pinot Noir – Santa Maria Valley – Bien Nacido Vineyard – 90 points
2001 Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills - Mt. Carmel Vineyard – 92 points
2001 Pinot Noir – Santa Rita Hills – Fe Ciega Vineyard – 92 points

Go online to www.pinotreport.com to read these reviews.


WINE COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE - April 2003

2000 Mt. Carmel Vineyard Pinot Noir

- BEST IN TASTING out of 81 South Central Coast Pinot Noirs.
"South Central stalwart Rick Longoria delivers a dense, vibrant package of ripe raspberry laced with coffee and chocolate, which turns smoothly dark and mellow in your mouth and then lingers on your tantalized taste buds. All alone in first place."


WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE - APRIL 2003
1999 Santa Barbara County Merlot - 87 points

"Good, dark color, and opens with intriguing aromas ranging from fresh blackberries through coffee, pepper, spiced plums and herbs. Smooth drinking, but with pronounced tannins and crisp acids. Will benefit from mid-term cellaring, and should be very nice by 2004." - S.H.


Wine & Spirits Magazine - October 2002
2000 Santa Barbara County Syrah - 92 points

"Dark-roasted coffee beans and chocolate melting in the sun - they both offer a caffeine buzz. And all three somehow relate to the power and grace of this syrah, a sunny, dense and complete wine. The dark fruit is firm and tight, the tannins soft and gentle, followed by lasting smoke. Lovely stuff."



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