Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2021

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U.S.A. > California > Santa Barbara
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.
95/100 - Tasted at the beginning of 2023, a reductive quality was still obscuring bright, penetrating green apple and kiwi flavours with a smoky, earthen veil. Still, it's a gorgeously sleek, richly textured wine with a pulsating core of acidity and salty mineral intensity. - Anna Lee C. Ijima, Decanter 
91/100 - The 2021 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is terrific. Citrus confit, white flowers, almond, chamomile and dried herbs all run through this super-expressive Chardonnay. There's a touch of phenolic intensity, along with a kiss of reduction, that add character. Almost all of this fruit is now estate. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous 
17.5/20 - Pale gold. Smells of slightly resinous lemon peel and lemon curd. Bright lemon-peel and lemon-curd flavours mix with pink grapefruit and toasted bread. Wonderfully saline notes linger with lemon peel in the finish. Crystalline and gorgeous. - Alder Yarrow,
93/100 - The 2021 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills has alluring aromas of white peach, freshly baked bread, panna cotta and matchstick with savory undertones. The medium-bodied palate has dynamic flavors that range from ripe fruit to matchstick and saline. It has a focused spine of acidity, a pleasing touch of textural grip and a very long, layered finish. It's complex yet delicious straight from the bottle. - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate 
91/100 - There's a strong streak of tarry minerality to the nose of this bottling, which shows brisk lemon peel and even petrol on the tightly wound nose. The palate is stony as well, with a potent acidity slicing through lemon-peel flavors. - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast 
94/100 - Lovely texture and density, showing dried apple, fresh ginger and pastry dough. Layered, with phenolic tension. Drink or hold. - James Suckling 

Exceptional nose of lemon rind, butterscotch and stone fruit.
Perfectly balanced palate, flinty minerality, and complex citrus fruits.
Made by Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr.
Drink now and over the next 4-6 years.
Serve with BBQ lemon chicken, or roasted leek and asparagus tarte.
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 13.0%
Vintage: 2021

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Winery History
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 California, for that matter’. This sort of praise will come as no surprise to those that are familiar with the project - a collaboration... Read More >>