Wine Advocate 92
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard is a classic from this great vineyard. Showing the sea-breeze and iodine character that's so common here, with plenty of sweet black cherries and rose petal nuances, it's medium-bodied, pure, elegant and has a chiseled, crystalline feel on the palate. Completely destemmed and aged 16 months in 25% new French oak, it has another decade of prime drinking ahead." ~JD
Vinous Media 92
"Silky, perfumed and beautifully expressive, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard graces the palate with crushed raspberry, rose petal and lilac overtones. This open-knit, lilting Pinot delivers plenty of flavor intensity in a deceptively mid-weight style built on finesse. There is a lot to like." ~AG
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LUTUM was born from a shared vision between Bill Price, entrepreneur and owner Price Family Vineyards, and winemaker Gavin Chanin. Their wine focuses on small-production, single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from prime vineyard sites in California. The name LUTUM is Latin for dirt or soil, referencing their mission to make wines that express these great sites, with little to mask the vineyards' natural character. Together, they are the Bards of LUTUM.
Bill Price is proprietor of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards--including ownership of Durell Vineyard, Trip Vineyard, DuPont Vineyard, One Sky Vineyard, Walala Vineyard and Gap's Crown Vineyard. The Classic Wines portfolio includes Buccella, Head High, LUTUM, Kistler and Three Sticks. Price is chairman of Gary Farrell Winery.
Gavin Chanin is winemaker for LUTUM. He was named one of Forbes' "30 under 30" in 2011, a "winemaker to watch" by San Francisco Chronicle in 2012, one of Food & Wine's "winemakers of the year" in 2012, and was featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine's "40 under 40" tastemakers in the wine industry for 2013. A recent article in Wine & Spirits prominently featured Chanin as a leader in "the shape of Chardonnays to come."