Gavin Chanin, who was named one of Forbes' FOOD & WINE "30 under 30" and a "Winemaker to Watch" by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at age 17 at Au Bon Climat and Qupé. Under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, he worked his way up to assistant winemaker at both labels. The SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT has heralded him as the "Wine-World Wonder Boy". Taking fall quarter off each year from his studies at UCLA to work harvest in California, Gavin also worked harvest in South Africa and New Zealand. He then traveled extensively in Burgundy and Italy before returning to launch Chanin Wine Co. in 2007, at the ripe old age of 21!
"Our winemaking philosophy is rooted in representing each individual vineyard by emphasizing balance, finesse, and complexity. We avoid excessive alcohol, and modern winemaking additives (such as commercial yeasts, bacteria, enzymes) that can overshadow vineyard characteristics. We also do not filter our wines or use intrusive wine processing machines. The goal is to grow grapes that are so healthy none of the above is needed. All of our vineyards are organic or sustainably farmed. I source my fruit from four unique sections of the vineyard. This allows play with different clones and microterroirs.
My Chardonnay comes from vines dating back to the original 1973 plantings on Bien Nacido. These old vines are crucial to the quality of this wine. They give my Chardonnay its unique mineral and nutty note. The Pinot Noir comes from ten-year-old plantings of Dijon clone 113 and 777 on "N" and "T" block. These blocks are located at the top of the bench and have historically produced the best Pinot Noir from this vineyard. The wines typically exude classic Bien Nacido white pepper as spice and wild strawberry fruit.
Los Alamos Vineyard dates back to the early days of Santa Barbara viniculture. Planted in 1974, it was one of the first five vineyards planted in Santa Barbara County. The others include Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre, and Firestone. Only adding to its lore, Los Alamos Vineyard was the birthplace of Au Bon Climat in a humble dairy barn in 1982."
Excerpted from www.chaninwine.com
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