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 Santa Rita Hills. The Sandhi label allows an exploration of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroirs. The Santa 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 de-stemmed 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, 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 2019
94 points, Antonio Galloni - “The 2019 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is a gorgeous captivating wine endowed with striking aromatics and tons of sheer character. Lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers and tangerine oil all grace this compelling, highly nuanced Chardonnay. What stands out most is the wine's translucent personality, often a feature of wines made from the early 1970s own-rooted blocks at S&B.”
Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2019
92 points, Antonio Galloni - “The 2019 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is fabulous. Bright and sculpted in feel, the 2018 captures the more taut style of the appellation, with plenty of lime, lemon, green pear, minerals and white pepper overtones. Readers who appreciate taut Chardonnays will adore the 2019 from Sandhi. Vineyard sites are Domaine de la Côte, Sanford & Benedict, Patterson and Bentrock.”
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.”