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2010 FE CIEGA Pinot Noir
2010 FE CIEGA Pinot Noir
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What an exotic aroma! Cardamom spice, sour cherry, mineral, earth—it’s difficult to describe this wine’s fabulously complex aroma. And the flavors follow through beautifully: silky rich tannins, enticing fruit and a savory quality that has one reaching for another glassful.
Winemaker Rick Longoria lovingly farms 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. Picked a couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. The raw material here at Fe Ciega is so interesting--it has the acidity that is needed for good balance and it possesses a unique vineyard personality that is intriguing. While it is always fruit filled, deeply colored and dense, it is not particularly fruity—this is a wine that speaks of its earthy origins!
This 2010 is the eighth Fe Ciega we have made and all of them have been bold expressions of pinot noir, but in this vintage we had the perfect combination of full ripeness without excessive sugar accumulation, which gave us a wine of unusually fine balance. (355 cases produced)
Adam’s comments on this special wine:
While some found the 2010 vintage to be challenging or even hellish, we loved it! Sure, with any difficult vintage (cool weather, excessive heat, high rainfall) there will be some hiccups, but overall we were able to craft a simply thrilling lineup of wines. Weather trumps everything else in grape growing, and the summer of 2010 was the summer that never arrived. In warm Ojai it never got hot, and in Santa Maria and Lompoc it was downright cold. This had a profound effect on the vines and the grapes they produced. Hot weather burns off delicate aromatics and acidity and helps produce lots of sugar, so cool 2010 gave us grapes and wines of unusual aromatic intensity and fresh acidity--all brought together with a gentler texture due to lower alcohol. This harvest really had its ups and downs. We lazed around waiting for that perfect moment to pick the pinot noir, and after days and weeks of no change in the usual indicators of ripeness--sugar and acidity—I got this feeling that I should just go for it and pick. I couldn't believe that the day after we were finished the temperature jumped up into the 100s while the humidity dropped to the teens. Within two days, all the pinot left out in the field turned to raisins. We lucked out picking when we did, and the wines, bottled in December, are sensational.
Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Nov-Dec 2012)
Vivid ruby-red. Raspberry compote and Asian spices on the alluringly perfumed nose, with notes of Asian spices and sandalwood adding complexity. Sweet, sappy and expansive, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and a silky texture. Gains tension with air but maintains its fruity appeal. The most approachable of these pinots right now, finishing with sweet notes of candied red berries and rose pastille. This sexy wine is very enjoyable today but Tolmach is confident that it will age well. 93 points. (Josh Raynolds)
The 2010 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega comes across a bit bombastic next to the other wines in the range. Waves of dark red fruit and spices hit the palate in a Pinot that is first and foremost about texture. Slightly wild notes run through the Fe Ciega, but not enough to detract from its considerable appeal. I especially like the weight and richness of the finish. 95 anticipated maturity 2015 - 2025 Antonio Galloni VINOUS