Just eight months ago we featured this wine as Wine of the Month. Since that time we have had many requests for a repeat performance, so here it is. To avoid repetition, I won’t go into too much detail about Richard Longoria’s winemaking career. Suffice it to say that
he has over 40 years experience in winemaking and had worked in Napa and Sonoma County wineries before settling in Santa Barbara County. After a 12 year stint as Winemaker at Gainey Vineyard, he and wife Diana decided to devote all their activities to the Longoria brand establishing the first winery operation in the light industrial area now known as the "Lompoc Wine Ghetto". In addition to Pinot Noir, Longoria also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Tempranillo, Syrah and, of course, that wonderful, predominantly Cabernet Franc blend known as "Blues Cuveé. Rick Longoria believes in minimal manipulation winemaking, allowing the terroir and the grapes to fully express their potential. And he does a great job.
The 2012 "Lovely Rita" Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from the Longoria Fe Ciega vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dark ruby
in color, with aromas and flavors of dark cherries, hints of herbs and tobacco, the wine is velvety smooth with a long lasting, rich mouthfeel and a nice touch of acidity on the finish. A very food- friendly wine. Although Biba and I taste and enjoy many wine varietals from diverse areas of California and Italy, we seem to gravitate toward Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Did you guess? And Longoria is one of our favorites.
For the entire month of November 2014 we are offering the Longoria 2012 Pinot Noir "Lovely Rita" at the reduced price of $48 per 750 ml bottle or $12 per glass. I think you will like this wine.
Planning a visit to the Santa Barbara County wine country? Longoria now has two separate tasting rooms. One in Los Olivos, CA and the newer tasting room in Lompoc, CA.
Los Olivos Tasting Room - 2935 Grand Avenue.
Toll Free Tel: 866 759 4637 Open daily from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.
Lompoc Tasting Room - Chestnut and D Streets.
Toll Free Tel: 866 759 4637 Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.