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Two Chanin Wines Make “Year’s Best” List

Two Chanin Wines Make “Year’s Best” List

I’m proud to announce that two of our 2013 wines made Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “Year’s Best Pinot Noir” issue. They tasted over 1,100 Pinots for this small list of top wines. On top of that, our 2013 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir was THE highest scoring Pinot on the list with 95 points. […]

Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir- 95 Points!

Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir- 95 Points!

We’re honored to receive one of the highest scores yet for the 2013 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir in the December issue of Wine & Spirits! 2013 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir—95 pts “…a tight, monumental pinot noir with bracing acidity and tannic gravitas. Yet miraculously, an abundance of fruit springs up out of […]

Chanin Named in Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries

Chanin Named in Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries

We are honored to be among great company in the 2015 list of Top 100 Wineries!

Wine & Spirits Names Three Chanin Wines in “Year’s Best” Issue

Wine & Spirits Names Three Chanin Wines in “Year’s Best” Issue

We’re honored to have three of our wines listed in the April issue of Wine & Spirits magazine’s “Year’s Best Pinot Noir.” 2013 Los Alamos Pinot Noir- 93 pts “Herbal aromas and a light, rosy hue predict this wine’s delicacy. Gavin Chanin harvested the fruit from sandy vineyard quite early in 2013- August 31-capturing pinot […]

Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict Chardonnays Make Wine & Spirits’ “Year’s Best” list

Bien Nacido and Sanford & Benedict Chardonnays Make Wine & Spirits’ “Year’s Best” list

We’re honored to have our 2011 Bien Nacido Chardonnay and our 2012 Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay on Wine & Spirits magazine’s list of “Year’s Best Chardonnay” in the October 2014 issue. 2011 Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnay- 94 pts   A cool, wet year and aggressive triage left Gavin Chanin with about 20 percent of the […]

Wine & Spirits gives 2011 Bien Nacido Chardonnay 94 Points

Wine & Spirits gives 2011 Bien Nacido Chardonnay 94 Points

Wine & Spirits magazine recently reviewed the 2011 Bien Nacido Chardonnay in the April issue, giving it a score of 94 points! See below for the full review.   2011 Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vyd. Chardonnay A cool, wet year and aggressive triage left Gavin CHanin with about 20 percent of the fruit he normally […]

2010 Bien Nacido named ‘Wine & Spirits’ “Year’s Best Chardonnay”

2010 Bien Nacido named ‘Wine & Spirits’ “Year’s Best Chardonnay”

2010 Bien Nacido Chardonnay, WINE & SPIRITS- 96 points, Winter 2013 “Gavin Chanin sources this wine from Bien Nacido’s W Block-some of the oldest wine material in the Santa Maria Valley. The Miller family planted the stony benchland to riesling in 1973, then grafted it over to Clone 4 chardonnay in 1990. (Chanin discovered this […]

Gavin Chanin lands cover of ‘Wine & Spirits’!

Gavin Chanin lands cover of ‘Wine & Spirits’!

Gavin is named one of Santa Barbara’s “structuralists” in ‘Wine & Spirits’ October article, “The Shape of Chardonnays to Come.” It’s a great piece to learn more about where our Bien Nacido Chardonnay comes from. Below is an excerpt. Click here for the full article. In Burgundy, it’s a common understanding that the concentration and […]

‘Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wines- Bien Nacido Chardonnay 96 pts!

‘Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wines- Bien Nacido Chardonnay 96 pts!

So proud to have the 2010 Bien Nacido Chardonnay on WINE & SPIRITS’ Top 100 Wines of the Year list, with a score of 96 points! Gavin Chanin sources this wine from Bien Nacido’s W Block-some of the oldest wine material in the Santa Maria Valley. The Miller family planted the stony benchland to riesling […]

‘Wine & Spirits’ on Chanin Chardonnay

‘Wine & Spirits’ on Chanin Chardonnay

Please check out Luke Sykora’s post about balanced Chardonnay. He discussed some of our favorites: Lioco, Ceritas, Sandi and also says some very good things about ours! “In the end, Gavin Chanin’s 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay was, in my mind, the wine of the tasting: elegant, savory, crystalline and composed. The last thing I […]