The Pinot Noir grape

The Pinot Noir grape
Gavin Chanin starting his own winery, Chanin Wines, in 2004 after gaining experience in South Africa, New Zealand, and his local Santa Barbara County in California.

Gavin was named one of Forbes' “30 under 30” in Food and Wine and a “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, quite the accolade. He has mastered his terroir where he plants Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the hills of Santa Rita and Santa Barbara. He particularly favours old vines, and also uses the bottles as a showcase for his artwork.

PINOT NOIR

Indigenous to Burgundy, this fabulous grape variety is a tricky customer to grow: get it right and you’ll taste some of the world’s best red wine, get it wrong and you’ll taste some of the worst. It’s a cool climate grape, which may frequently fail to ripen. Transplant to a warmer climate and it will ripen too soon. It’s thin-skinned so needs to be handled with care. The bunch is a mass of grapes – a haven for any number of diseases let alone rot. 

Pinot Noir is an important ingredient in Champagne and other quality sparking wines. It’s also finding top form in Oregon, USA and Central Otago, New Zealand; areas which are now rivalling Burgundy for the true home of Pinot Noir.

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  1. Chanin Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
    Chanin Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir , 2016
    California
    Pinot Noir

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