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Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 13.9% ABV
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750ML / 13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The wine has a brilliant dark ruby color. The aroma has the classic characteristics of Fe Ciega Vineyard: intense and forward aromas of black cherries, sage and black tea. On the palate, the wine is rich with a taut texture before allowing the flavors of black cherries, herbs and spices to come forth. The combination of silky tannins and strong acidity give the wine a slight puckering sensation, which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to rich foods.

Enjoy this wine with duck breast, braised veal shanks and other savory meat courses.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Mr. Rick Longoria, what can I say? I have known him for more two decades and he is working it hard. He is a true friend of the varietal. The 2013 Longoria Lovely Rita Pinot Noir exhibits plenty of red fruit aroma and flavors, touched with a hint of savory herbs in the finish. Drinks really well now; great with rosemary-infused leg of lamb. It is good to see that Rick is staying with his dream to make the best pinot noirs that he can.
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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 quality of some of the county's best vineyards to venture into the wine business for himself, and produced 500 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Maria valley vineyards.

In 1985, The Gainey Vineyard lured Rick away from J. Carey Cellars to produce wines for their ambitious and exciting new winery project. During his twelve years as winemaker, Rick's winemaking skills established Gainey as one of the top quality wineries in the area. He also continued to produce very small quantities of Longoria wines, just enough to keep the label active.

In December, 1997, twenty-three years after his first job at a winery and fifteen years after starting his own business, Rick gave up steady employment to devote his full energies to his winery business. On May 1, 1998, Rick and Diana opened the doors to their own tasting room in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Los Olivos. In December 1999, Rick moved his winery operation into his own 5,400 sq. foot building in Lompoc.

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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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