Plata Wine Partners
Vineyards change daily, and grapes evolve slowly. Our winemaker tracks the progress carefully in a longhand written journal including detailed notes, vintage by vintage, to ensure that Longhand represents the best of Sonoma.
Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe
Appellation: 100% California
We handcrafted this wine to represent the grapes grown in the Sonoma Coast of Sonoma County. The cool-climate vineyards are sustainably farmed and managed for optimum flavor, producing wines with bright fruit and balanced acidity. This Chardonnay is rich and balanced with hints of vanilla and Gravenstein apple on the nose carrying through on the palate to an elegant, silky finish.
Grapes were harvested starting in the early mornings and then cooled to preserve the fruit’s fresh flavors and natural acidity. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to avoid bitter tannins from the skins and grape seeds. The cool, golden-green, free-run juice was then settled naturally in tanks for a few days before heading to oak barrels and stainless steel for fermentation. The wine was then aged sur-lies in oak.
This Chardonnay was sourced from our vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County. The fog of the Russian River banks gives the wine freshness and provides 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.
Alexander Valley District
This Cabernet Sauvignon is pure elegance in a glass. Aromas of black cherries, pomegranate, dried cranberries and a hint of cassis. Its rich, silky texture coats the palate with layers of black cherries and a touch of cedar from French oak’s fine tannins. From beginning to end, the balance carries all the way through.
After the grapes were harvested, they were brought to the winery, gently de-stemmed to prevent bitter green notes and transferred to stainless steel tanks to ferment. Punch downs took place daily to better extract color and savor. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into French oak barrels to age for 12 months prior to bottling.
Located in northern Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is sheltered from the Pacific maritime influences by the low, lying hills northeast of Healdsburg. The region’s proximity to the Russian River encourages early morning fog that covers the vineyard areas until it burned off by the afternoon sun.
Longhand Pinot Noir is ruby in color and has ripe berry and vanilla aromas followed by flavors of cherry, strawberry, cocoa, 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 vineyards in the Sonoma Coast in Sonoma County. The fog of the Russian River banks gives the wine freshness and provides 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.