Wine & Spirits 95
"Gavin Chanin had worked three harvests with Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen before he turned 21, when he started making his own wines. He brings a fresh perspective to this Bien Nacido fruit, selecting a block of some of the oldest vines on the property, originally planted to own-rooted riesling in 1973, grafted to chardonnay in 1990. He harvests at the moment the grapes reach ripeness, pressing the cool grapes directly into tank and then transferring the juice with all its solids into barrel to ferment and age. His picking decisions and minimal handling result in a wine with maximum expression: This tastes like drinking fossils, the lees transformed to scents of seashells and chamomile flowers. The structure of the wine is vertical rather than broad and horizontal, the texture seamless—creamy, lemon zesty and delicious."
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