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2011 Chanin Wine Company "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1136089 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is weightless and totally gracious, yet also incredibly deep and resonant, with an understated intensity that only Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo are capable of. Dark red cherries, plums, autumn leaves, pine and anise all take shape in the glass. Savory notes add complexity on the finish. This is a dazzling, phenomenal Pinot from Gavin Chanin, and easily one of the wines of the year. Chanin fermented the 2011 with 40% whole clusters and aged the wine in 25% new French oak barrels. Drinking window: 2013 - 2021 Gavin Chanin made four of the best 2011s I tasted. The only problem is finding the wines, as production is Burgundian scale, which is to say anywhere from 2-8 barrels for each of these wines. Readers who can find a few bottles won't be disappointed, as the wines are truly magnificent. Chanin favors a pretty straightforward approach that starts in the vineyard and finishes with wines that see minimal handling in the cellar. Each year I have been deeply impressed, but the 2011s really do seem to take things to another level. Chanin's Chardonnays and Pinots are a pure joy to taste. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The only red I was able to taste, and supremely elegant and perfumed, with an alluring, Burgundian earthiness, the 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard has knockout aromas and flavors of underbrush, damp forest floor, ground pepper and hints of flowers that are all grounded by a core of sweet Pinot Noir fruit. Silky, transparent and elegant, it’s a knockout Pinot Noir that will delight for over a decade. Elegance, detail and focus are the buzz words here and this is well worth the effort to track down. Drink 2014-2023. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

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