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Longoria Wines

Longoria Wines 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. Beginning 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 with financial help from his father he 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. James and Rick Longoria - Crush 2000 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. "My belief that the Santa Barbara wine region would someday produce world class wines has come true," Rick states, "and my dream of having my own winery has also come true." Longoria wines are handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 cases to 500 cases. Total production at this time is about 3,500 cases.


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  Albarino - Santa Ynez Valley, Clover Creek Vineyard
On the palate, the wine is rich, creamy, with a hint of nuttiness to the flavors of pear and peaches. Perhaps the most striking feature is the high acidity of the wine. This is what I had intended, but I have been impressed with how balanced the wine seems, despite having very high acidity.
  Blues Cuvee - Santa Barbara County
The wine has a beautiful aroma of dark cherries, plums and spices. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with elegant flavors of red fruits with a hint of sweet vanillin and nutmeg. The tannins are smooth but will enable the wine to age for another four to seven years in the bottle.
  Blues Cuvee - Santa Barbara County
The wine’s aromas can be described as a combination of black licorice, black cherries and red currants. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied with medium tannins. The flavors are of cherries, toasted oak and a hint of sweet vanillin in the finish. The acidity is fairly firm for a wine of this weight, indicating that this wine will age for eight to ten years or more. I believe those of you familiar with our previous Blues Cuvee will notice the extra layer of complexity contributed by the addition of Malbec.
  Blues Cuvee - Santa Barbara County
The wine has a beautiful, almost perfumey aroma, with hints of cassis and plums. On the palate, the wine is rich, has just a moderate trace of tannins, rich, succulent flavors and a long, complex finish accented with hints of toasty oak. This wine will benefit from 2 to 4 years of additional bottle aging. Enjoy with pork roast, prime rib and other savory meats.
  Cabernet Franc - Santa Barbara County
The wine has the classic aromas of the Cabernet Franc grape. Sweet cherry aromas accented with hints of earthy tobacco and cedar. The wine is medium bodied with rich, complex flavors of cherries with a hint of sweet black licorice. Moderate tannins and balanced acidity will enable this wine to age gracefully for another two to four years in the bottle. This wine offers a complexity and depth of flavors comparable to wines costing much more.
  Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills
The wine has the aromas of tropical fruit with hints of coconut milk and crème brulee. On the palate the wine has a rich creamy, oily texture followed by a long, crisp finish. The finish also has a slight toasty flavor. The wine displays a layered complexity which is the hallmark of superior Chardonnays.
  Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills
A floral, spicy aroma with hints of spiced applesauce and hazelnuts announces the wine. On the palate, grapefruit-like flavors are just starting to emerge against the sharpness of crisp acidity. The lingering finish of fruit and a hint of toasted oak is enticing. Presently, there is a degree of leanness which will develop into richer, rounder fruit flavors and texture with six to eight months of additional bottle aging. The wine will continue to develop complexity and texture with an additional four to six years of cellaring. Enjoy with shellfish, ciopinno and sea bass dishes.
  Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills
The wine has the aromas of poached pears covered with crème anglais, with hints of caramel and hazelnuts. On the palate the wine is medium to full-bodied with a rich, oily texture. The flavors are of pears with hints of butterscotch and butter on the finish. This wine would be best served very slightly chilled, and will peak within the next two years. Serve with scallops in white sauce, chicken, and fettuccine Alfredo, to name a few dishes.
  Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, Cuvee Diana
The wine has floral, spicy, apple and straw aromas. On the palate the wine is rich, round and viscous with flavors of pears and roasted nuts. The wine also has a mineral quality accented by oak vanillin undertones. As with many Chardonnays from the cool Santa Rita Hills region, the wine has above average acidity, giving it a long crisp finish.
  Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills, Mt. Carmel Vineyard
This vintage has the typical deep golden color that previous Mt. Carmel bottlings have displayed. The aromas can be described as hazelnuts, butter, oak vanillin, with hints of juniper. On the palate the wine has a medium body, with creamy, rich flavors of butterscotch, hazelnut and pralines. The finish is long and ends with a satisfying sweet note. The wine also has the characteristic mineral quality which is part of the Mt. Carmel identity. This wine will develop for another two to three years with careful cellaring. It is an excellent example of the melding of great California Chardonnay grapes with Burgundian winemaking techniques. Serve with lobster ravioli with white wine cream sauce, or a variety of seafood.
  Evidence - Santa Barbara County, Red Wine
The wine has medium dark color. On the nose the wine has aromas of sweet, red currants, red licorice, cedar and a hint of mocha. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with moderate tannins and excellent acid balance. The wine is rich, silky and very complex. The finish is very long, and very complex, with an array of flavors and nuances swirling around your taste buds. The dusty tannins indicate that the wine would benefit from a decanting prior to serving. This wine will also benefit from additional bottle aging of four to seven years for enjoying at its’ peak of development. This is not a blockbuster style of Bordeaux blend, as produced by many North Coast wineries, but rather an elegant, finesse full and complex wine which will be a graceful accompaniment to meals.
  Grenache - Santa Barbara County
This wine has the beautiful aroma of dark cherries with a hint of orange tea in the background. On the palate the wine has a rich, silky texture, with distinct flavors which meet a little resistance from moderate tannins. The tannins will dissipate with six to ten more months of bottle aging and allow the flavors to fully come forth. This is a perfect wine to chill slightly and serve with appetizers such as grilled vegetables and sausages, pâté, ripe figs and prosciutto to name a few. Although I believe that the wine’s charms are the most enjoyable now through early fall, I expect this wine to age for another two to five years in the bottle before the peak of maturity
  Grenache - Santa Barbara County, Alisos Vineyard
Unlike my other red wines, Grenache elicits more fun responses from tasters which is perfectly understandable. The wine has exuberant cherry aromas with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate the wine is rich and soft initially, and then the silky tannins come forth, accentuated by acidity, leaving a dusty but long taste impression. With another six to twelve months of bottle aging the tannins will integrate with the flavors of the wine. You will notice that we have chosen to use plastic corks for this wine. This will reduce the incidence of cork taint to zero but will mean that the wine should be consumed within the next two years. This works perfect for a wine like Grenache which is enjoyed best when it is young. Chill slightly and serve with summer barbeques.
  Hoo Doo Red - Santa Barbara County - Red Table Wine
Our 2002 Hoo Doo Red continues to evolve and become a finer wine with each new vintage. The blend for our 2002 bottling is 53% Syrah and 47% Cabernet Franc from the same vineyards that produced our Syrah and Blues Cuvee bottlings. All the component wines were aged for an average of 16 months in a blend of French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The wines were lightly fined in the barrels to remove any excess harsh tannins, and then blended a few weeks prior to being bottled. This wine has the power of fruit and moderate tannins that are not generally found in wines in this price range. The wine will benefit from three to five years of additional bottle age, if the consumer wishes to cellar a few bottles.
  Lusso - Santa Barbara County
The 2000 Lusso marks the second and last year of experimentation with Italian red grapes for our winery. After this vintage it became clear to me that I was stretching myself in too many directions and it would be wise for me to reign in the number of varietals I will concentrate on
  Merlot - Santa Barbara County
This 2000 Merlot will be our final bottling of this great varietal grape. In an effort to trim down our product line and also to concentrate on the new direction of our Blues Cuvee blend, in which Merlot plays an important role, also offering Merlot did not seem to make sense anymore. Those of you who have enjoyed and collected our Merlots in the past should have one more reason to savor and relish what few bottles you may have yet to open from your cellar. From this year forward, look for the Merlot grape to make its distinctive contribution to our Blues Cuvee blend.
  Pinot Grigio - Santa Barbara County
Our wine is fermented at cool temperatures in a refrigerated tank for almost one month. After the wine is dry it is racked off the lees and allowed to settle again in another tank until it is prepared for filtration and bottling in late January. The result is a wine that has retained all of its’ wonderful delicate variety aromatics, and has fresh lively flavors and a crisp finish. This is a great summer wine but will also be a delightful accompaniment with dinner throughout the year.
  Pinot Noir - Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard
The aromas of this wine can be described as spicy, smoky, with a hint of black licorice. On the palate the wine is rich, smooth, with complex layers of textures and flavors. This wine can be enjoyed in the near term but will also develop for another four to six years in the bottle. Because of the small production this wine will only be available through the winery. Only 105 cases produced.
  Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills
It has been very rewarding to see that since the establishment of the Santa Rita Hills appellation there has been a great deal of positive press and consumer interest in the wines from this area. We’ve enjoyed great success with our vineyard designated Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noirs from our Estate vineyard – Fe Ciega, and wines from the Mt. Carmel and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. I thought it would be very appealing to add a more affordable bottling of a Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. This inspired the blending of a small lot of wine from Fess Parker’s Ashley’s Vineyard with smaller amounts of wine from Fe Ciega and Mt. Carmel Vineyards for added complexity.
  Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills
The wine has aromas of black cherries, cigar tobacco with a slightly herbal edge. On the palate, the wine is immediately rich, soft with silky smooth tannins and a long, viscous finish. The flavors are of black fruits with a hint of toasted oak in the background. This wine is very enjoyable now and will improve with no more than 1 to 2 years of additional bottle aging.
  Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills, Fe Ciega Vineyard
The aroma of the wine is smoky, spicy, with hints of red plums. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with elegant flavors and a silky texture with firm acidity. This wine will age for three to five additional years of bottling aging.
  Pinot Noir - Santa Rita Hills, Fe Ciega Vineyard
The wine is currently somewhat inhibited by the wines’ moderate tannins. The low crop level has concentrated the flavors and tannins of the wine. Allowing the wine to breathe in the glass for thirty minutes or so will enable the aromas and flavors to emerge.
  Syrah - Santa Barbara
The wine has an incredibly complex array of aromas. I perceive aromas of raspberries, cedar and orange tea. On the palate, the tannins are very well balanced resulting in a very smooth, satin-like texture. The flavors are of raspberries with a hint of cocoa in the background. The finish has a slight peppery flavor. This may be our most drinkable Syrah upon release that we have produced. It should continue to improve with another two to three years of bottle age. Serve with spicy Mediterranean dishes and grilled meats.
  Syrah - Santa Barbara County
Visually, the wine exhibits a very deep dark color. The aromas are of black cherries with hints of lavender and thyme. On the palate the wine is rich on the entry, with dense flavors of black cherries and a hint of the flavor of walnuts. The wine has some chalky tannins at this point which will meld into the wine within two to four years of additional bottle aging. We are very pleased with this example of cooler climate Syrah. Serve with spicy Mediterranean dishes and grilled meats.
  Syrah - Santa Barbara County
The wine has the aromas of red fruit and dark cherries, with hints of spice, smoke and pepper. On the palate the wine is moderately rich, with medium tannins and medium to high acidity. There is a persistent quality to the flavors. The wine has a sweet, slightly toasty, oaky finish. The wine is currently just overcoming bottle shock and will begin to reveal its full aromas and flavors within the next two to three months. I believe this wine will reach full maturity with another four to seven years of bottle again. Serve with pork, venison and other game meats.
  Syrah-Port - Alisos Vineyard
Just in time for the Holidays and the perfect wine to sip during a cold winter's night, is our first ever Port! This Port was made from very ripe Syrah grapes that I received from Alisos Vineyard in 2003. These grapes came from the same area that produced the outstanding 2001 Alisos Vineyard - Syrah - Rex. Only one barrel of wine was made, so this also is very limited. It was bottled only in the smaller 375 ml. bottles. Only 53 cases of these half-bottles were produced.
  Tempranillo - Santa Ynez Valley, Clover Creek Vineyard
The wine has a medium ruby color. The initial aroma I experience is one of green tea. After airing in the glass for a few minutes, I began to smell a mixture of coastal sage, cherries and a hint of toasted vanillin. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavors of cherries, and roasted walnuts. The wine has moderate tannins, indicating that it will benefit from decanting, if serving soon, and also further cellaring for four to seven more years. This wine will accompany choice cuts of beef, served with peppercorns and wine reduction sauces, and other hearty meals.


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