This vibrant, balanced, superior Chardonnay is a great example of quality wine from the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Blended from various vineyards where a cool breeze from the nearby ocean helps to develop complexity and flavour.
In his recent review of the Sandhi wines, Antonio Galloni said: ‘It is quite conceivable that within a few years the Sandhi Chardonnays and Pinots could become reference point, benchmark wines for Santa Barbara, and ...Learn more
“New-wave cool Californian with flavours of stone fruit and real substance. There is more than a hint of burgundy in this, not least because it gets better and better towards the finish. Great intensity for the alcohol level and not a hint of sweetness.”
“Average vine age 25 years, no new oak, variety of soils. Very fine and lively with lovely purity, some minerals and lemon and pear fruit. Lovely purity here and a fine mineral dimension adding complexity. Fresh yet possessing richness, with great balance.”
“Lemon peel, white flowers and almonds are some of the notes that meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills. The warmth and generosity of the vintage has softened some of the contours in this bright, vibrant Chardonnay. The fruit sources are mostly Bent Rock and Rita's Crown.”
“Stone fruit and real substance. More than a hint of burgundy in this! Great intensity for the alcohol level and not a hint of sweetness ... It gets better and better towards the finish.”
“Lively stone fruit nose. Quite dry and austere on the palate. Definitely here for the long term. Dry end. Pretty austere at the moment.”
“Superbly aromatic nose with a sparky reductive note plus fantastic pure fruit – apple, melon, grapefruit – it's just so exciting and vibrant. Lengthy, leesy, funky and pure. Exquisite length. This puts many burgundies to shame.”