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Chanin Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Equal parts juicy, luscious and fresh throughout, this release has become out of the great, consistent values found in Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Red fruits with fresh flowers and herbs on the nose lead to darker fruits balanced with a subtle, spice-driven grit on the palate. A blend of sites with radically different soil types, ranging from diatomaceous earth, shale, clay and sand.

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Baked mulberry and cola aromas meet with a toasty oak frame on the nose of this bottling from a historic vineyard. The palate is wildly complex, ranging from bright acid-driven red fruit to smokier hints of leather to baked soil, and finishes on a lingering vanilla tone.

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Equal parts juicy, luscious and fresh throughout, this release has become out of the great, consistent values found in Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Red fruits with fresh flowers and herbs on the nose lead to darker fruits balanced with a subtle, spice-driven grit on the palate. A blend of sites with radically different soil types, ranging from diatomaceous earth, shale, clay and sand.

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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 superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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