SANTA RITA HILLS - USA
“Breathtakingly delicious and captivating…” - Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
Made by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman out of the Domaine de la Cote winery in the Sta. Rita Hills. The Sandhi label allows an exploration of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroirs. The Sta. Rita Hills wines benefit from fruit that doesn’t make the cut at Domaine de la Cote, while the single vineyard offerings highlight the uniqueness of a handful of other sites in the appellation. Generally, the Sandhi wines are made to be pretty approachable upon release. Among other considerations, the Pinots in this range are mostly done with destemmed fruit.
The individual vineyards from which these grapes originate–some legendary, some new–have been exhaustively vetted for character, personality, and balance. Employing the wisdom and talents of people who know the vineyards, Sandhi is dedicated to making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. Wine achieves power and beauty through the seamless integration of these qualities, and this is the inspiration for Sandhi. Wines exhibiting extreme ripeness, alcohol, oak, and other discordant exaggerations cannot truly express a specific vineyards terroir.
Sandhi Central Coast Chardonnay 2019
91 points, The Wine Advocate - “This was previously called "Chardonnay Santa Barbara County," but winemaker Sashi Moorman says they've begun sourcing fruit from other areas of California like San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Lucia Highlands, so this will be known by the wider Central Coast appellation moving forward. The 2019 Chardonnay Central Coast opens with touches of flint, stone and white blossoms with crunchy tree fruits and bright citrusy accents. The palate is much more open-knit at this early stage, fleshing out to yellow apples and honey in a silky texture with bright freshness and a long, delicate finish.”
Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2018
95 points, Antonio Galloni - “The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is such a wonderfully complete wine that expresses all of the pedigree of this historic Sta. Rita Hills site. Sweet, perfumed aromatics and radiant fruit envelop the senses. Lemon confit, marzipan and white flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that open in the glass. The S&B is the most forthcoming of the Sandhi Chardonnays. I loved it.”
Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017
93 points, The Wine Advocate - “The 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills was aged 12 months in used, 500-litre barrels and another six months in tank. It's youthfully shy on the nose, slowly giving up notions of saline, crushed shell, Greek yogurt and orange blossom with pie crust, Golden delicious apple, white peaches and notes of honey and hazelnut. Light to medium-bodied, it offers great balance of spicy fruit and mineral notions framed by tangy acidity and finishing long and textured. 1,038 cases were made.”
Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017
93 points, The Wine Advocate - “The 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is made using fruit from the Domaine de la Côte vineyards (80%) with the rest from the Sanford & Benedict vineyard and was 100% de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrels. Pale to medium ruby, the nose slowly opens to pretty layers of spice and savoury fruit, with aromas of rose petal, sliced blueberries, warm Bing cherries, wild blackberries, peppered salami, amaro and raspberry jam. Light to medium-bodied, the palate gives up lots of spices and savoury notes with ripe, grainy tannins and seamless acidity, finishing long and nuanced.”
Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2013
92 points, Antonio Galloni - “The 2013 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict captures the personality of this site in its textured, enveloping personality. Layers of red and blue-fleshed stone fruits pretty pretty much bury the 100% whole clusters, while silky tannins add to an overall impression of suppleness. Underlying saline notes add energy and nuance in this impeccably, inviting Pinot Noir from Sandhi. 2018 - 2026.”
Sandhi La Rinconada Pinot Noir 2012
94 points, Antonio Galloni - “The 2012 Pinot Noir Rinconada is deep, layered and vibrant to the core. Dark red cherry, smoke, game, blood orange and sage meld together in a structured, intense Pinot that needs at least another year or two in barrel for the tannins to soften. This is an impressive showing.”