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Burgundy in California: Gavin Chanin Keeps Raising the Bar!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Gavin Chanin is making some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California today. Placing an emphasis on terroir, balance, and overall drinkability, the Central Coast-based winemaker has raised the bar for Burgundy varietals in California, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

In their recent review of the wines of “In Pursuit of Balance,” a group of California winemakers dedicated to elegance and purity in wine, the International Wine Report had nothing but good things to say about the movement’s wineries, and lavished praise on the wines of Gavin Chanin in particular:

“Each producer's style is certainly unique, but all of the wines showed us how balanced and well-made Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from these Coastal influenced areas of California can be. Tasting these wines gave us a new excitement about these varietals in California. Much like it was after the Judgment of Paris, these wines should prove to the world that some of the purest examples of these varietals can still be found in California.” – International Wine Report

But they’re not the only ones. We at Zachys are unabashed fans of Chanin and Lutum (Gavin’s project in Sonoma County), and reviewers like Jeb Dunnuck and Antonio Galloni can’t help but agree:

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. Chanin's Chardonnays and Pinots are a pure joy to taste.” – Antonio Galloni

This is rarely offered to us, and we typically grab as many of them as possible. Every year he rakes in the awards and press, and it has unsurprisingly happened once again. We’re offering these wines to you first, to give you first crack before they’re gone once again.

If you haven’t tried these wines yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!

All My Best,

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Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2012 (93IWR) (750ML) SKU #386437 US Flag In Stock
Chanin Bien Nacido...
`This is a stunning Chardonnay from Gavin Chanin, which comes from 39-year-old vines on the classic Santa Maria bench plantings of the famed Bien Nacido vineyard. The wine itself displays notes of Bosc pear, lemon oil, almonds, vanilla, spices and smoky minerals. It has a gorgeous creamy texture,… more >
Bottle Price: $37.99
Case Price: $455.88
Chanin Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2012 (94+IWR) (750ML) SKU #386442 US Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
Chanin Sanford &...
`This Chardonnay is sourced from the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1969 in the cool climate of the Santa Rita Hills. The vineyard is composed of diatomaceous earth and chert and does not require a lot of watering, resulting in natural low yielding vines. The 2012 Chardonnay is… more >
Bottle Price: $51.99
Case Price: $623.88
Chanin Los Alamos Pinot Noir 2012 (750ML) SKU #380431 US Flag In Stock
Chanin Los Alamos...
`Presented by Gavin Chanin, whose first vintage was 2007. This Pinot Noir comes from two sections of Los Alamos Vineyard, clone 777 and 115. Leased vineyard and bought-in grapes. The grapes were handpicked on 4 September and crushed into an open top tank. Started fermentation after a 5-day cold soak… more >
Bottle Price: $51.99
Case Price: $623.88
Chanin La Rinconada Pinot Noir 2012 (94IWR) (750ML) SKU #386444 US Flag In Stock
Chanin La Rinconada...
`This stunning 2012 Pinot Noir from Chanin comes from the La Rinconda vineyard, which located next to the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and has the same owners and farmers. It is aged 15 months in 25% new French oak and offers wonderful vibrant aromas of fresh blackberry, wild cherries, raspberry,… more >
Bottle Price: $62.99
Case Price: $755.88
Chanin Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2012 (750ML) SKU #380432 US Flag In Stock
Chanin Sanford &...
This Pinot Noir comes from Block T13, an old vine original block at Sanford and Benedict. It was fermented with 50% whole cluster, which gives the wine spice and aromatic lift. This wine has always been very light and has, over time, darkened up in the barrel. For one of my lightest, most elegant… more >
Bottle Price: $64.99
Case Price: $779.88
Chanin Los Alamos Chardonnay 2011 (93AG) (750ML) SKU #372291 US Flag In Stock
Chanin Los Alamos...
`The 2011 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard is a wine of true distinction. Ripe apricots, peaches and flowers inform a juicy, expressive Chardonnay layered with class and personality. Creamy and rich on the palate, yet also beautiful in its sense of balance, the 2011 is a wonderfully complete wine.… more >
Bottle Price: $38.00
Case Price: $456.00
Lutum La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (750ML) SKU #381518 US Flag In Stock
Lutum La Rinconada...
`On the nose this wine is incredibly complex, showing cherry fruit, cola, baking spice, black tea and cedar wood. The palate has a firm structure, with white pepper and blood orange. The finish is long and rich. I expect this wine to age very well.` Winery notes`Vivid red. Sexy red fruit and… more >
Bottle Price: $54.99
Case Price: $659.88
Lutum Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (750ML) SKU #381519 US Flag In Stock
Lutum Durell...
`This transparent crimson red Pinot Noir shows great freshness on the nose with classic Durell spice reminiscent of roasted beet root and forest floor. There are under layers of freshly crushed ripe strawberry, raspberry and hints of rhubarb.While light in color this wine is not light in flavor. It… more >
Bottle Price: $64.99
Case Price: $779.88