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30 Degrees Pinot Noir

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Plata Wine Partners

30 Degrees

The vast majority of the world’s wine producing regions are found between the temperate latitudes of 30° and 50° in each hemisphere. Our 30 Degrees wines are handcrafted for every occasion and every degree of life… From daily home festivities, to milestone celebrations with family and friends, to making every moment more worthwhile, more enjoyable and making every second count.

Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe

Appellation: 100% California

Chardonnay 

Monterey County 

Tasting Notes

This wine represents the best of grapes grown in Monterey County. Our Chardonnay exudes flavors with grace and complexity showcasing exquisite ripe fruit character with crisp acidic structure. Enjoy the nuances of apples, pears and vanilla with a balanced, smooth finish.

 

Winemaking

We picked individual vineyard blocks with the perfect balance between ripeness, sweetness, acidity and flavor and then fermented them separately. This wine went through malolactic fermentation to preserve a little bit of acidity and allowed for a wonderful creaminess and roundness to suffuse the wine. The lots were then aged with a mix of medium and medium + toasted oak barrels.

 

Grape Sourcing

Planted on bench-lands and sandy, well-drained sites in Monterey County, our vineyards dip in and out of the fog line during the ripening season.  Blocks near the Western Santa Lucia AVA yield intense color and flavor while those on north towards the mouth of the Monterey Bay give us flavor density and great acid retention.

Pinot Noir

Monterey County

Tasting Notes

30 Degrees Pinot Noir is ruby in color and has ripe berry and vanilla aromas followed by flavors of cherry, strawberry, blackberries, cola, and a hint of spice.  The smooth mouthfeel, velvety tannins and super-long finish add up to a spectacularly balanced and luscious Pinot Noir.

 

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked at night and in the early morning hours.  They were then brought to the winery and 100% destemmed.  After a brief cold soak, they were fermented in small vats, maximizing temperature at 85 degrees F.  After being gently pressed, the lots went through 100% malolactic fermentation before aging in French oak for 9 months.  Patient months of aging yielded “elevated” characters of cherry, strawberry, toast and a little hint of spice. A mixture of light and medium + toast contributed body, richness and finesse character.

 

Grape Sourcing

This Pinot Noir was sourced from our sandy, hilly vineyards near Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County. The fog of the east-west valley in Los Alamos gives the wine freshness while the sandy hill blocks provide a balancing ripeness and roundness. Rolling hills, sandy, well-drained soils and careful vineyard site selection mean that we get a great mix of ripeness, flavor density and acid retention.