New Releases Coming Soon highlights the In Pursuit of Balance tasting highlights the In Pursuit of Balance tasting wine blogger Randy Fuller gives insight into the In Pursuit of Balance tasting that took place in Los Angeles in February. Here’s what he had to say about the wines.

“The event accented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers who make wines with balance and food compatibility in mind. Terroir and varietal identity mean a lot to these folks, and they feel no need to push the winemaking envelope to try and lose sight of those concepts.”

Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, 2011 – Nice floral and tea notes.

Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, 2011 – Great smoke and dark fruit. 50% whole cluster fermentation.

Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, 2011 – Just a slight hint of oak and great acidity.

Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, 2011 – Wonderful oak effect and a long fruity finish.