Gavin Chanin presented a compelling set of 2020s. The Chardonnay’s in particular are brilliant. Chanin describes 2020 as a year of two vintages: before the heat and after. Like so many of his colleagues, Chanin dealt with an extremely condensed harvest, as 80% of the fruit came in over just four days at the end […]
Gavin Chanin describes 2021 as a mostly cool, sunny year, with cool weather also during flowering that resulted in smaller berries with thicker skins. The wines are gorgeous. The Chardonnays are pressed to barrel, with no settling, where they stay for 13-14 months before being racked for the first time and moved back into wood. […]
These latest releases from Gavin Chanin are pretty much straight-up brilliant across the board. Gavin pulls from some of the top sites in Santa Barbara County and favors a little bit of stems depending on the vineyard and aging in mostly neutral barrels. These are pure, classic, incredibly impressive wines that offer plenty of enjoyment […]
Chanin named one of the TOP 100 Wineries in 2023, our Seventh time receiving this honorable recognition!
2019 ‘Los Alamos Vineyard’ Chardonnay– 94 Points Boasting a killer bouquet of reductive stone fruits, lemon, chalky minerality, and toast, the 2019 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard is medium-bodied and has flawless balance as well as clean, integrated acidity. Brought up in just 15% new French oak, it’s unfortunate that there are a scant 485 cases […]
The Underground Wine Letter – https://www.undergroundwineletter.com – CHANIN WINE COMPANY In 2011 I first tasted Chanin Wine Company wines from 2008 and 2009 as well as some barrel samples of 2010s. In September 2011, my first article on Chanin Wine Company also featured Au Bon Climat and Qupé and was entitled The Holy Trinity of […]