||Lutum Wines evolved as a collaboration between wine industry veteran Bill Price and up-and-coming winemaker Gavin Chanin. Educated in the fine arts and painting, Chanin is now making a name for himself as a leader in the new guard of California winemakers seeking to create wines in a more restrained, elegant style. He has trained in the vineyards under Bob Lindquist of Qupé and Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat, and has traveled extensively throughout the winemaking regions of France and Italy, ultimately launching his own label, Chanin Wine Co, in 2007. Price is proprietor of Classic Wines, Chairman of Kosta Browne and Gary Farrell and part owner in Kistler Vineyards, Buccella and Three Sticks Wines. Under his management, he has gathered a beautiful selection of sites throughout the Sonoma Coast including Durell, Trip, 111 Wilson, Gap’s Crown, DuPont and One Sky vineyards.
After meeting at a tasting at In Pursuit of Balance in 2011 and many passionate vineyard conversations later, the partnership between Price and Chanin was born. Lutum is Latin for dirt or soil, and together the team has set out to produce small–production, single–vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from a collection of unique sites along California’s windswept Central Coast.
The Lutum Wines possess an unmistakably Californian fruit profile, balanced by a tannin structure, acidity and texture all rooted in the old world. While 2012 marks only the second release from Lutum, it is already evident that this project has a very bright future ahead.
Gap’s Crown Chardonnay
Martine’s Wines is the appointed distributor for Lutum Wines in the state of Illinois.