Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Front Label

Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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Winemaker Notes

The wine comes entirely from the oldest Chardonnay block on Bien Nacio Vineyard where the limestone and gravel soils are most concentrated. There's a distinct minerality to this wine, very characteristic of Bien Nacido. The nose is full of crisp citrus, lemon peel and stone fruit up front. As the wine continues to open in the glass, notes of toasted hazelnut, and caramelized nuts add complexity. The palate is focused, with bright acidity and a viscosity that lingers on the finish. A brininess and citrus zest keep this wine fresh and thirst quenching.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
All of three of these 2013 Chardonnays from Chanin Wine Company are superb, and the 2013 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard is the most ripe and textured of the three. Showing ample apple and orchard fruits, salty minerality, iodine, honeysuckle and hints of brioche, this terrific white has a big mid-palate, juicy acidity and a clean, focused finish. Aged 18 months on lees in 20% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered, it should drink nicely through 2021.
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Chanin Wine Co. is dedicated to crafting wines from Santa Barbara County that reflect the individual vineyard in which they are grown. They focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two grapes that are especially revealing of subtle differences in geography, geology and climate. The grapes are grown in Santa Barbara County, where cool coastal winds, diverse marine based soils and a long growing season provide an exciting and unique environment for Burgundian varieties.

The vineyards are the focus of all of the wines and each wine is made from grapes grown at one vineyard and not blended. Chanin searches out old vines, and makes wine from some of the oldest in the county. This allows them to make refreshingly balanced wines at lower alcohol levels than most California "blockbuster" or "cult" styled wines. Through low yields, improved farming techniques and gentle winemaking we aim to create a wine that pairs well with food and is delicious young, but is also age-worthy. All of the vineyards are organic or sustainably farmed.

Their winemaking philosophy is rooted in representing each individual vineyard by emphasizing balance, finesse, and complexity. They avoid excessive alcohol, and modern winemaking additives (such as commercial yeasts, bacteria, enzymes) that can overshadow vineyard characteristics. They also do not filter the wines or use intrusive wine processing machines. The goal is to grow grapes that are so healthy none of the above is needed.

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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