2012 Chanin "Los Alamos Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay SKU #1162291


VN 92 RP 91 WS 91
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Los Alamos Vineyard is a high-elevation site for Santa Barbara County, where the terrain changes from the typical sandy soil to a mixture of shale and limestone. Winemaker Gavin Chanin has a perspective of minimalist winemaking, and the juice was barrel-fermented in 15% new French oak before spending a total of 16 months in barrel. From the winery: "This wine explodes with aromas of lemon custard, matched with an undeniable freshness and hints of pineapple and exotic fruit. On the palate, the wine opens with bright fruit flavors, evolving into a rich mid-palate. A crisp, saline finish, rounds out this expressive Chardonnay." This 2012 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2011 vintage garnered 93 points from Antionio Galloni, who writes: "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." (vinousmedia.com, 07/2013)


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