Plata Wine Partners
Bent Coast 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.
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.
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.
Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe
Appellation: 100% California