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Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The grapes were harvested on September first at 22.0 brix. The grapes underwent a four-day cold-soak with 1-3 punch-downs by hand daily. Once dry, the wine was pressed and put into French oak barrels (10% new) where it stayed for 14 months before being racked and bottled unfiltered in February of 2018.

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JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Pinot Noir Los Alamos Vineyard comes from the sandy soils of the Los Alamos Vineyard and has lots of framboise, spice, and dried flower notes in an ethereal, elegant, seamless package. There's some background herbal/stemmy notes, but it has a remarkable vibrancy and purity and a clean finish. It's a beautiful Pinot Noir!
V 92
The 2016 Pinot Noir Los Alamos Vineyard is delicate and lifted in the glass. Sweet dried cherry, mint tobacco, dried herbs, sage and crushed leaves add to the wine's aromatic depth. Silky and polished, with striking nuance, the 2016 is all class. I loved it.
D 90
Gavin Chanin is a disciple of Jim Clendenen, but these days is very much his own man - and much in demand as a consultant winemaker. Like Clendenen, he strives for elegance and balance rather than power and opulence. This offers sweet, ripe raspberry aromas that have purity and charm. It's medium-bodied but sleek and concentrated, made in a pure style that allows the fruit to shine through. It may not be very nuanced or complex, but it's balanced and has a long, tangy finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028
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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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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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