Longoria Chardonnay Cuvee Diana Sta. Rita Hills 2008

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Item No. 107954
  • white wine
  • WE94
  • ST90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine has a pale straw gold color. The nose is a complex mix of apple and pear fruit aromas as well as earthy, chalky and nutty aromas. The aromas open up with 20 minutes or so of airing in the glass. The same can be said of the flavors which are initially subdued. The flavors are similar to the aromas. The wine has a chalky texture, but ends with a lingering and satisfying finish.

Serve with shellfish such as mussels and oysters, as well as seafood pasta dishes like clam linguini.

Critical Acclaim

"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, tart and clean, with rich, dramatic flavors of pineapple, lime, honeysuckle and buttered toast. Really elegant and wonderful, and should blossom through early 2012."
94 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Longoria

Richard Longoria Wines, established in 1982, is a family operated wine business owned by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick Longoria, who arrived on the local wine scene in 1976, enjoys a long history of involvement in the Santa Barbara county wine industry. In 1976, he became the first cellar foreman for The Firestone Vineyard. By 1982, he felt confident in his skills and in the...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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The 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay displays pale, golden color with aromas of lemon, kiwi, orange blossom, sweet basil. On ...
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