SANTA RITA HILLS - USA
Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman. Sandhi represents a union essential to the production of wine: the collaboration between man, earth, and vine. The willing participation of all three elements is necessary to make great wine, and the winegrower must make this collaboration rich and nourishing for all involved. An understanding of these joint efforts informs Sandhi’s exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroir.
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 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 Sandford & 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.”