After two years of working with Gavin Chanin and his phenomenal Chanin Wines, it was an easy decision for us to say “YES!” when he asked us to begin working with his newest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir project, Lutum. While the Lutum wines share a common characteristic with the Chanin Wines in that they both present a sense of place, the terroir, in which they were born, the Lutum wines are stylistically very different than Gavin’s first born project, Chanin Wine. Gavin uses no whole cluster in the Lutum Pinot Noirs and more new French oak for all the Lutum wines. Through teaming up with vineyard owner and farmer, Bill Price, Gavin has also been able to bottle Sonoma Coast wines from two of his favorite vineyards; Durell and Gap’s Crown. The Lutum wines are robust, rich, and fiercely structured all while maintaining the classic Gavin Chanin acidity, minerality, and freshness. Gavin’s ability to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which balance the line between powerful and elegant is something which leaves us in wonderment every time we taste the Lutum wines.
“LUTUM was born from a shared vision between Bill Price, entrepreneur and owner of Classic Wines and 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.”
– Gavin Chanin and Bill Price