2010 Chanin Wine Company "Los Alamos Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

SKU #1110101 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Fresh pear, melon and tangerine scents are complicated by smoky lees and ginger, with chalk and floral nuances adding lift. Bright, energetic and pure, offering palate-staining orchard fruit flavors and a firm spine of chalky minerality. The mineral-dominated, impressively long finish features suave notes of honeysuckle and orange zest.  (12/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard shows the more delicate side of Chardonnay in its understated personality. Lemon, pears, white flowers and a subtle hint of oak flow through nicely to the mineral-laced finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Gavin Chanin produced one of the most impressive collections of wines I tasted during my tour of the Central Coast.  (8/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Pure and delicate, offering complex citrus, lime and green apple flavors, with a briny seashell minerality. Drink now through 2018.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Recently named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's winemaker's to watch, you do not want to miss the wines from up-and-coming winemaker Gavin Chanin, who specializes in small lot productions of balanced, finely-tuned wines that are distinctive and delicious on their own but made with the intent to be enjoyed with a meal. Fruit for 2010 "Los Alamos Vineyard" Chardonnay was hand-picked early in the morning (to preserve freshness) from a higher elevation site on the vineyard where the soil is more alluvial in nature, infused with shale, and known to yield complex, mineral-inflected wines. 2010 was a calm, cool, and even vintage, enabling Chanin to strike the perfect balance between optimized ripeness and restrained alcohol in the finished wine. Barrel fermented in mostly used (1/3 new) French oak with minimal intervention during an almost eighteen month ageing period, only a tiny amount of this Chardonnay was produced (less than 150 cases), bottled unfiltered. According to Chanin: "This wine has tremendous focus and energy. There is a great paprika and spice component on the nose as well as green apple skin and ripe apricot. The palate is mineral, and finishes with great viscous concentration and length. In typical form of Los Alamos Vineyard, which is planted on an ancient sand dune, the palate has a unique saline quality that waters the mouth and lasts for minutes."

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2013 | Send Email
Apple, pear, lees, with medium-plus acidity & wonderful richness. Winemaker Gavin Chanin is one to watch!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13