The Vinos Plata Estate:
- Erick Plata of Vinos Plata is the kind of discovery you make on your 20th trip to Valle de Guadalupe that makes you realize just how little you know about it. How could someone so well-connected and making such incredible wines manage to fly under your radar? Anyway, we found him and now we are with him for good. His wines are an epiphany that you have to try to believe. 2020 marks the first time Plata's wines have left Mexico, and once the word spreads about what's in these bottles, they are going to be as hard to locate as if they had never arrived. Legend in the making.
Erick gets his grapes from several different vineyard sites:
- Valle de Guadalupe - Sandy soil at an elevation of 900 ft - average vine age 15 years - (Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot) - 5 hectares.
-Ojos Negros - Clay soil at an elevation of 1,400 ft - average vine age 15 years - (Tempranillo, Merlot, and Syrah) - 1 hectare
- Valle de San Vicente - 3 vineyard sites:
- Chardonnay and Grenache - Sandy soil at an elevation of 1,200 ft - average vine age 35 years - dry farmed- 5 hectares.
- Tempranillo and Syrah - Clay soil at an elevation of 800 ft - average vine age 30 years - 10 hectares.
- Grenache - Clay soils at an elevation of 800 ft - average vine age 5 years - 2 hectares.
- Erick learned how to make wine in apprenticeship to a couple of the legends and pioneers of the winemaking industry in Mexico - Hugo D'Acosta and Cruz Macias. At 10 years of training and running, Erick is one of the most sensitive and inquisitive winemakers to be found in the region. An encyclopedia of knowledge already, he's the kind of personality whose mind is constantly oriented towards what he has yet to learn; a category Erick himself would tell you expands the closer you get to it.
- If there is a wine that fits the "garagiste" definition in the Valle, it's Vinos Plata. His operation carries with it all of the connotations of finding an absolute diamond in the rough. Despite the size and complete lack of pretense of his operation, Erick is making wines in Mexico that are some of the most deserving of world-wide recognition of any to be found.
Total production: 3 wines, 1,200 cases
2017 Señora Bonita - Vinos Plata
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A wine that has never before left the Plata estate, (only a couple of cases made it to the states) this rare gem is made up of the best grapes from the 2017 vintage. Named Señora Bonita after the name that Erick Plata's father calles his mother, when asked how he chooses which grapes to put in to this wine each year, Erick replies, "That's easy! I pick the best".
Basically a Super Tuscan in style and weight, this wine has layers of fruit and spice on the nose and a fully body on the pallet, yet the tension in the bright red fruits keeps the wine aloft and refreshing despite the richness and density. Plata's wines have a cult following amongst those who know and this is without a doubt the hardest to find. The phrase on the bottle says it all, "Character is the destination"
24 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 10 years
80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot
Erick Plata - Mexican
Sangiovese comes from a vineyard site in Valle de Ojos Negros with an average vine age of 15 years. The Merlot comes from a small site in Valle de Guadalupe with vines 15 years old as well.
Fermented in flexitanks for 4 weeks and then aged for 12 months in 1st use French Oak barrels.