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

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

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (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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