Sta. Rita Hills
A dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not impressed. He loved the Bien Nacido’s friendliness, and thought this wine had less of everything–aroma and flavor. I was flabbergasted, because for me this is absolutely the best pinot noir we have ever made. However, wine is intriguing because it is all about personal perceptions–if you don’t like apples, but love oranges, that’s just the way it is. Here are my notes:
Winemaker Rick Longoria does a great job farming this terrific site and generously allows us to purchase a small portion of his vineyard’s production. Rick and I agree that there is only a moment in time when the character of the vineyard fully expresses itself. A couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. In 2005 a combination of favorable weather and good timing made for my best Fe Ciega to date. While still a bit young to drink today, it has great style and minerality. There is a provocative animal character that lurks around the dark fruit scents of this wine, setting it apart from other vineyards. It is very subtle and just fascinating!
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir | Alcohol: 13.4% | Vinification: 30% New French Oak | Barrel Aging: 15 Months | Total Production: 236 cases
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Bright ruby. Intensely floral aromas of red berries, fresh rose and minerals. Lush, creamy raspberry and cherry flavors offer silky texture and impressive purity, with no rough edges or herbacity. Finishes clean and brisk, with excellent persistence and clarity. Very pretty wine.” – JR 92 Points