Chanin Wine Co.Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay 2020Product code: 11410
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Very delicate on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of nectarine, white-melon flesh, a hint of melon rind and light lemon spray. The palate is extremely textural, offering subtle flavors of lemon cream, chalk, lemongrass, ash and Brie rind that will live forever
About the Winery
Chanin Wine Co. is run by Gavin Chanin, who featured in Forbes’ “30 under 30” under the Food and Wine Category and as a “Winemaker to watch” in the San Francisco Chronicle. The company focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties of grapes grown in Santa Barbara County, the perfect ground to produce the Burgundian grape varieties. The wines are made from grapes in one vineyard, which allows them to create balanced wines with low alcohol levels. The company focuses more on producing an authentic wine experience than on commercial gains. It keeps away from all winemaking additives, excess alcohol and modern wine filtering machines.
Some of the creations of Gavin Chanin and his Chanin Wine Co. include:
2017 ‘Los Alamos Vineyard’ Pinot Noir: With 80% destemming and 20% French oak, the wine has notes of rose petals and spring flowers. It also has hints of cherry and sweet strawberry. It provides a soft, medium-bodied drink with a perfect balance, fine tannins and a beautiful finish. The wine is highly rated by both enthusiasts and critics. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the magazine Wine Enthusiast awarded the drink with 93 points.
2017 ‘Bien Nacido Vineyard’ Pinot Noir: The wine has been named in remembrance of the company’s collaboration with the Bien Nacido Vineyard in 2008. The wine contains stems and French oak in a 65-35 ratio. It is slightly darker than the Los Alamos Vineyard and is translucent. With a complex bouquet of black cherries, leather, earth and sappy herbs, the wine is a rich, concentrate and medium-bodied drink and is perfectly balanced. Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck has awarded 95 points to the wine. The magazine Wine Enthusiast has awarded 92 points to the drink.
2018 ‘Los Alamos Vineyard’ Chardonnay: The wine is named after the Los Alamos Vineyard from which the company purchased one ton of Chardonnay when it started operations in 2007. The wine exhibits a golden hue and a bouquet of honeysuckle, almond paste, stone fruits and toasted bread. With a beautiful texture and a seamless palate, the wine is worth the money.