2011 Chanin Wine Company "Los Alamos Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

SKU #1115656 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of fresh red berries, rose and allspice, with a mineral topnote. Juicy and precise, offering intense strawberry and bitter cherry flavors complemented by deeper anise and cola nuances. Pure and energetic on the subtly tannic finish, which clings with impressive authority and length.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Gavin Chanin is on a roll: Named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Winemakers to Watch in 2012, one of Forbes magazine's Top 30 Under 30 in food and wine and an "exciting boutique producer" by Food & Wine magazine, and his wines clearly demonstrate why. Take the 2011 Los Alamos Pinot Noir, for instance. It comes from two sections of the vineyard and is aged for 11 months in 20% new French oak. While the vintage was challenging, the wine is vibrant and fresh, full of crushed red fruit and spice character. Drinkable now, but with enough backbone to age.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/29/2013  | Send Email
Spicy, earthy dark cherry fruit shows the kind of fresh and ever so slightly savory nuance I love to see in Pinot Noir. A very good effort.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/19/2013  | Send Email
Red cherry, raspberry, mineral, creosote, with medium plus acidity and pretty fruit expression. Winemaker Gavin Chanin is one to watch. Put this wine away for a few years, or break it out with some food!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2013  | Send Email
This classy, polished Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was very impressive in this past Tuesday's staff tasting. The Chanin Wine Company Los Alamos Vineyard has a very intriguing red cherry nose featuring some tomato leaf and herbal aromas. On the palate it has very intense, pure Pinot Noir fruit and grain free, supple texture. If you want to see what so-cal is capable of in the world of Pinot Noir, this is a fine example!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez 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 (%): 13.62