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Chardonnay Monterey County

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Pinot Noir Monterey County

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Chardonnay Santa Barbara

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Plata Wine Partners

Abrupt Vineyards

Santa Barbara County & Monterey County

Abrupt Vineyards pays homage to the diverse geological influences in its various California sub-appellations. The dramatic rivers supplying water to many of our vineyards started flowing north to south. After hundreds of years, the rivers have shifted and are now shaped more like abrupt angles and remarkable geological lines of the California coast. With this “abrupt” angle, we had to display a dramatic visual on our wine label as the official logo.

Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe

Appellation: 100% California

Pinot Noir

Monterey County

Winery Notes

This abrupt Pinot Noir has ripe cranberries 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 Pinot Noir.

 

Winemaking

The grapes were 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 8 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

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 bright red fruit and good acid balance.

 

Chardonnay

Monterey County

 

Winery Notes

We handcrafted this wine to represent the grapes grown in Monterey County. This 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 85% complete malolactic fermentation in order to preserve a little bit of acidity and “zing” while that amount of MLF allowed a wonderful creaminess and roundness to suffuse the wine. The lots were then oak-aged with a mix of medium and medium + French oak.

 

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.

 

Chardonnay

Santa Barbara County

Winery Notes

This Chardonnay has bright acidity with a medium body and long finish. On the palate, there are notes of golden delicious apple, lemon custard, vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

 

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 85% complete malolactic fermentation in order to preserve a little bit of acidity and “zing” while that amount of MLF allowed a wonderful creaminess and roundness to suffuse the wine. The lots were then oak-aged with a mix of medium and medium + French oak.

 

Grape Sourcing

This Chardonnay 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.

 

Pinot Noir

Santa Barbara County

Winery Notes

This abrupt Pinot Noir is ruby in color and has ripe berry and vanilla aromas followed by flavors of cherry, strawberry, blackberries, cola, leather 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 carefully 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.

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