LUTUM

Owner(s) Gavin Chanin, Bill Price
Web site www.lutumwines.com
 
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LUTUM

Bill Price, owner of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards, along with Santa Barbara County winemaker Gavin Chanin, have launched a new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label. LUTUM is Latin for “dirt” or “soil” and references the partner’s mission to make wines that reflect the great vineyards of California. The first wines were released from the 2011 vintage and available through a mailing list offering. The inaugural wines include a 2011 Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($60) and a 2011 La Rinconada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($50). Chardonnay will be added to the lineup beginning with the 2012 vintage, as well as additional vineyard sources including Bien Nacido, Gap’s Crown and Sanford & Benedict vineyards.

Price, who owns part of the Durell Vineyard, the Gap’s Crown Vineyard and ownership interests in Three Sticks, Kistler, Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell wineries, was so impressed with Chanin’s winemaking talent and philosophical focus at such a young age (Chanin is 27-years-old), Price asked him to partner in a winery. Chanin was previously an assistant winemaker at Qupé and Au Bon Climat and has his own label, Chanin Wine Co. The wines are crafted at LUTUM’s new winery in Lompoc.

Reviewed Wines

2013 LUTUM Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

13.42% alc., 650 cases, $50. From blocks N and Q. Harvest Brix 23.6º. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. On the nose, dark cherries and spice mix with dried herbs and dried mushrooms. The entry is earthy, with fruit flavors of raspberry and black cherry, and a touch of spice. A charming wine with silky tannins and impeccable balance. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUTUM Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

13.82% alc., 150 cases, $50. Harvest Brix 23.9º. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. Racked, lightly fined and put back into barrel and bottled unfiltered. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Complex nose offering scents of lemon bar, melon, apple, fig spread and a hint of oak. Very charming on the palate with flavors of lemon and yellow apple, and a slightly lush and creamy mouth feel. The wine’s bracing acidity offers a mouthwatering sensation. Score: 91. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUTUM Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.17% alc., 200 cases, $50. Harvest Brix 23.9º. Aged 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. The wine was racked, lightly fined and put back into barrel before being bottled unfiltered. · Light golden yellow hue in the glass. This is an exceptional wine that checks all the squares. Uplifting aromas of lemon cake, peach, sea breeze, and chalk dust lead to a flat-out delicious core of lemon, yellow grilled peach and yuzu zest. Impeccable balance with seamless integration of oak and a bright, juicy demeanor. The finish is remarkable for its length, expansive lemon flavor, and cleansing acidity. Goes down like mother’s milk. Score: 95. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUTUM La Rinconada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 225 cases, $50. Harvest Brix 24.6º. 100% de-stemmed, 4-day cold soak, aged 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Alluring aromas of fresh black cherry pie, spice and sweet oak. Gorgeous mid weight plus fruit core featuring lightly spiced black cherry and boysenberry with an earthy tone and a taste of iron. Substantial tannins are folded in with seamless awareness. Very classy juice that is infused with vibrancy, finishing with a juicy cut of acidity. The best wine I have had from this vineyard in recent memory. Score: 94. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUTUM Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.13% alc., 250 cases, $60. Harvest Brix 24.3º. 100% 667 clone. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. Unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is quite shy and primary initially with subtle aromas of cherry and raspberry. Over time in the glass, a pleasing deep cherry aromas emerges. Bright and juicy with flavors of earth-kissed red cherry and cranberry, offering good mid palate richness and a modest explosion of red fruits on the finish. The tannins are modest and oak plays a supportive role in the background. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUTUM Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $60. Harvest Brix 23.9º. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, aged 15 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. This wine is primarily driven by red fruits with aromas of crushed cherry and strawberry, and flavors of cherry, cranberry and raspberry. There is good vibrancy, balanced tannins and substantial finishing power. Nicely crafted with seamless balance. Score: 92. Reviewed May 14, 2015 ARTICLE »

2011 LUTUM La Rinconada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.01% alc., 125 cases, $50. Mt. Eden clone planted in Santa Lucia shaly clay loam. 25% whole cluster. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of earth-kissed cherry, forest floor, spice and a hint of vanilla. Delicately weighted but flavorful, featuring cherry and red berry fruits with good intensity and finishing length. Supple tannins, juicy acidity in the background, and an appealing freshness and transparency complete the picture. This wine leaves a smile on your face. Score: 90. Reviewed January 20, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 LUTUM Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.39% alc., 125 cases, $60. Clone 667 planted in Goulding cobbly clay loam. Brix at harvest 22.5º. 100% de-stemmed. · Light garnet in color in the glass. Aromatic from the start, with scents of cherry, raspberry, sandalwood and a pleasant note of spice. Light in weight but flavorful, featuring a cherry theme that makes an impression on the mid palate, carrying over to a refreshing finish fueled by bright acidity. The tannins are reserved and the sense is one of liveliness. There are complimentary notes of strawberry, earth, grass, grilled mushroom and oak in the background. Score: 88. Reviewed January 20, 2014 ARTICLE »