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Longoria Syrah 2006

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Rick Longoria is a go-to guy for the south Central Coast, for all the right reasons. He’s kept his operation small and personal for a long time; he knows the farmers so he gets good fruit from interesting vineyards; and, best of all, he prefers understatement in all things, from how he talks to how much oak he uses. This is the second Clover Creek Vineyard Syrah from Longoria, and I’m recommending the program as much as this particular wine. There are plenty of Syrahs on the market now that are “complex” because of five different clones from four different vineyards on three different rootstocks with six different kinds of barrel aging. That would not be Longoria’s approach. The Clover Creek Vineyard is small, it has two clones in it, and one of them is the bedrock Estrella River clone that Gary Eberle introduced into the Central Coast (and California, for that matter) decades ago. Less than a quarter of the barrels used in the wine were new, so what you taste is pretty much what the farmer grew. You can tell this is a Longoria wine with one sniff: balanced, seamless mixed fruit aromas that aren’t shy but aren’t crawling out of the glass at you either. The wine makes a good brambly Syrah entry with bright acidity in the mix from the beginning, and the ripe berry flavours are like the aromas: mixed black and red, harmonious, and bold without being overbearing. The tannins are truly dry rather than astringent, giving the wine a firm foundation that enhances its length. You might not be impressed with this on its own, but taste it next to half a dozen other Santa Ynez Syrahs at the price and you’ll see what I mean: an immediately pleasing wine with additional interest for thoughtful imbibers.

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Longoria Wines:
Longoria Wines is an artisanal family winery established in 1982 by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick’s decision to start his own wine label was born out of a desire to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals he was not producing as the winemaker for J. Carey Cellars, his first job as a winemaker. Rick sensed that those two varietals were poised to become the signature varietals fo... Read more
Longoria Wines is an artisanal family winery established in 1982 by Rick and Diana Longoria. Rick’s decision to start his own wine label was born out of a desire to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals he was not producing as the winemaker for J. Carey Cellars, his first job as a winemaker. Rick sensed that those two varietals were poised to become the signature varietals for the new Santa Barbara County wine region, and he wanted to become a part of this new movement. 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. Rick continued to produce very small quantities of Longoria wines after he became the winemaker for The Gainey Vineyard in 1985. In 1997, Rick gave up steady employment to devote his full energies to his winery business. In May 1998, Rick and Diana opened the doors to their own tasting room in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Los Olivos. In December 1998, Rick moved his winery operation into a 5,400 sq. foot industrial building in what is now affectionately called the “Lompoc Wine Ghetto”. His was the first winery to be established in Lompoc. In 2014, Rick moved into a brand new winery on the site of Lompoc's historic JM Club, with the Longoria Winery Tasting Room located in the former club house. Rick states "From the very beginning of my career I felt that the Santa Barbara wine region had the potential to produce world class wines and it's been very gratifying to see that belief realized over the more than 30 years I've been here. It's also been very rewarding to have had the good fortune over the years to have some of my wines contribute to the acclaim of our wine region." Over the years Rick has experimented with many different vineyard sources and grape varietals and has added more wines to his portfolio. Rick’s pursuit of excellence requires the production of his wines to remain small even after more than 30 years in business. Longoria wines are handcrafted in very small quantities ranging from 50 to 700 cases. Total annual production currently averages 3,000 cases. Visiting Our Lompoc Winery Tasting Room Visit us at our comfortable and spacious tasting room, located in Lompoc's historic JM Club building and adjacent to our wine production facilities. Located just a few blocks west of the Wine Ghetto, our tasting room includes a private Club Member room and a cozy lounge area with a fireplace. Sample the wines on our tasting list (the list changes every month), or relax with a glass of wine, perhaps with a snack from our selection of gourmet treats. Groups of up to 8 people are welcome with no appointment necessary. Groups of more than 8 people can be accommodated for a private tasting with an advance reservation. Lompoc Winery & Tasting Room 415 E. Chestnut Avenue Lompoc, CA 93436 (805) 736-9700 Read less

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Vintage: 2005 05/24/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Longoria Syrah

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Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

Rick Longoria is a go-to guy for the south Central Coast, for all the right reasons. He’s kept his operation small and personal for a long time; he knows the farmers so he gets good fruit from interesting vineyards; and, best of all, he prefers understatement in all things, from how he talks to how much oak he uses. This is the second Clover Creek Vineyard Syrah from Longoria, and I’m recommending the program as much as this particular wine. There are plenty of Syrahs on the market now that are “complex” because of five different clones from four different vineyards on three different rootstocks with six different kinds of barrel aging. That would not be Longoria’s approach. The Clover Creek Vineyard is small, it has two clones in it, and one of them is the bedrock Estrella River clone that Gary Eberle introduced into the Central Coast (and California, for that matter) decades ago. Less than a quarter of the barrels used in the wine were new, so what you taste is pretty much what the farmer grew. You can tell this is a Longoria wine with one sniff: balanced, seamless mixed fruit aromas that aren’t shy but aren’t crawling out of the glass at you either. The wine makes a good brambly Syrah entry with bright acidity in the mix from the beginning, and the ripe berry flavours are like the aromas: mixed black and red, harmonious, and bold without being overbearing. The tannins are truly dry rather than astringent, giving the wine a firm foundation that enhances its length. You might not be impressed with this on its own, but taste it next to half a dozen other Santa Ynez Syrahs at the price and you’ll see what I mean: an immediately pleasing wine with additional interest for thoughtful imbibers.


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Vintage: 2005 12/20/2009

The wine has a very dark ruby color. The aromas showcase an attractive combination of cherries and vanilla cream with a hint of black pepper in the background. On the palate the wine has a soft entry with berry flavors, lively acidity and a soft finish. This vintage is the most readily drinkable of all our Clover Creek Syrahs produced to date.


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Vintage: 2000 03/08/2009

Bright purple core with a ruby rim. Light plum and dark cherry aromas. Chewy tannins on the mid palate leading to a black cherry finish. Mike Supple. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2000 Longoria Syrah Santa Barbara County 750ml




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