Chanin Wines is dedicated to sourcing fruit from sites in California’s Santa Barbera County to create wines whose qualities reflect the individual vineyards in which these grapes are grown. There are no bottlings from blended sites at Chanin. The focus is on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are very well suited to the cooler climate and diverse marine soils and long growing season that the region affords.
The wines are made by Gavin Chanin, whose father Tony had been involved in the establishment of the Zaca Mesa Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1978. Gavin began as a harvest intern aged 18 at Au Bon Climat and Qupe under the guidance of Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, both of whom had also been founders of Zaca Mesa. After periods in South Africa and New Zealand, and extensive travels to the vineyards of France and Italy, Gavin launched Chanin Wines in 2007. The wines are made in the same facility as Au Bon Climat and Qupe where Gavin continued to work as assistant winemaker after 2009.
A key at Chanin is to source completely heathy fruit, ideally from low yielding old vines. The fruit is typically picked quite early to preserve acidy and freshness. The fruit quality and age of the vines allows for making wines that avoid excessive alcohol and make unnecessary any additives – such as commercial yeasts or enzymes - that would compromise the faithful expression of the vineyard’s characteristics. To this end the wines are not filtered.
Gavin graduated from UCLA in 2009 as an award-winning art student. On each label you will find a piece of his artwork.
We have notes of Gavin Chanin?s Los Alamos Vineyard chardonnays from nearly his first vintage and there are themes even specific words that are common through the years- how
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 itâ€™s unfortunate that there are a scant 485 cases produced. Itâ€™s beautiful today yet I see no reason it wonâ€™t keep for 7-8 years if stored properly.
The 2019 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard is a brilliant wine. Freshly cut flowers mint almond lemon peel and light tropical notes all grace the Los Alamos Chardonnay. A wine of transparency and nuance the 2019 is positively stellar. Bright saline notes extend the finish effortlessly. Superb. (Drink between 2021-2029)
Strong aromas of struck stone and iron tailings meet with apple peels melon and a hint of nut on the complex nose of this bottling. Tart apple flavors run into macadamia nut on the palate which is framed in a firm tension