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Chanin Wine Company, Pinot Noir, La Rinconada Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, California 2012


If you saw the movie Sideways then you have had a brief and comical introduction to the wines of Santa Barbara. One of the region’s subdistricts, the Santa Rita Hills AVA, is becoming one of the most exciting sources outside France for world class Pinot Noir. The appellation’s combination of cool climate, intense fog, great clonal material and unique soils is attracting winemaking talent from all over the world. One of the brightest young stars to have arrived here in recent years is Gavin Chanin. His wines are outstanding, yet still improve every year, and can be found in many of the top restaurant cellars across the US.


Gavin began his path towards a winemaking career before he could legally drink, while working for two of the most respected Santa Barbara wineries: Au Bon Climat and Qupe. He eventually started his own wine label in 2007 when he was just 21 years old. Gavin has quickly proven his ability to make some of the best Pinot Noir in California, and among his single vineyard releases, his La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (today’s wine) is a clear favorite. La Rinconada has beautifully chalky soils, rich in diatomaceous earth (a white, silica-rich compound made up largely of ancient fossilized sea life), which yields Pinot Noir of incredible precision, purity and elegance. The wine is vinified using 40% whole clusters and has 25% new french oak, creating a broad, impressive, and young drinking wine, while still allowing the purity of the vineyard to shine through. This is an outstanding bottle that brings out the very best from this special vineyard.

The color of the wine is a medium ruby red consistent to the rim. The aromatics are fruit forward with fresh black cherry, dried strawberry, pomegranate, fresh roses, wild herbs, wet tobacco and baking spices. The palate has luscious texture and bright acidity, as is typical of this region’s wines. It is outstanding right now in its youth, but I believe it won’t peak for another 3-5 years.  Of the mere 194 cases of this wine produced, a small fraction was allocated to us and we are pleased to offer it again today. Serve in a large Burgundy steam at 60 degrees.
Gavin began his path towards a winemaking career before he could legally drink, while working for two of the most respected Santa Barbara wineries: Au Bon Climat and Qupe. He eventually started his own wine label in 2007 when he was just 21 years old. Gavin has quickly proven his ability to make some of the best Pinot Noir in California, and among his single vineyard releases, his La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (today’s wine) is a clear favorite. La Rinconada has beautifully chalky soils, rich in diatomaceous earth (a white, silica-rich compound made up largely of ancient fossilized sea life), which yields Pinot Noir of incredible precision, purity and elegance. The wine is vinified using 40% whole clusters and has 25% new french oak, creating a broad, impressive, and young drinking wine, while still allowing the purity of the vineyard to shine through. This is an outstanding bottle that brings out the very best from this special vineyard.

The color of the wine is a medium ruby red consistent to the rim. The aromatics are fruit forward with fresh black cherry, dried strawberry, pomegranate, fresh roses, wild herbs, wet tobacco and baking spices. The palate has luscious texture and bright acidity, as is typical of this region’s wines. It is outstanding right now in its youth, but I believe it won’t peak for another 3-5 years.  Of the mere 194 cases of this wine produced, a small fraction was allocated to us and we are pleased to offer it again today. Serve in a large Burgundy steam at 60 degrees.





Country United States
Region Santa Barbara
Sub-Region Santa Rita Hills
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production 194 cases
Alcohol 13.59%
Oak 25% New French
Soil Diatomaceous
Farming Sustainable
TASTING PROFILE

Fruit

Earth

Body

Tannin

Acid

Alcohol
TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country United States
Region Santa Barbara
Sub-Region Santa Rita Hills
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production 194 cases
Alcohol 13.59%
Oak 25% New French
Soil Diatomaceous
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Chanin Wine Company, Pinot Noir, La Rinconada Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, California 2012 - SommSelect SommSelect: Chanin Wine Company, Pinot Noir, La Rinconada Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, California 2012 - SommSelect

$55
Compare at $60+

Buy 2 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Gavin Chanin produces one of the most exciting Pinot Noirs from this appellation and we are very excited to offer it again today.”

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