II’ve loved all the Sandhi 2012 range of whites & this £65 S&B is superb 👍 Paired with enough curry to get a small village going regular for a week 🤣 💨 sorry I didn’t take pics of that feast 😁
📍 Sandhi Sandford & Benedict Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2012 @sandhiwines
🏵 94 points
🍷 Golden yellow
👃 Chopped pineapple, crushed rock mineral, lemon oil, key lime pie, honey gloop & white jasmine flowers w/ light oak, vanilla & apple
👄 Med+ body of creamy refreshing clean tropical & citrus yummyness without being overly syrupy & a hit of green apple, pineapple, honey & minerality in med acidity
🎯 Med+ fresh apple, citrus & tropical trickle w/ a dry mineral honeyed pineapple slapette — a day ago
Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.
Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, butter, spices, melons, red apples and lemons.
Full bodied, bold and buttery, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with lemons, grapefruits, apples, pears, almonds, pineapples, oak, vanilla, spices, sea salt, minerals and white pepper.
Long finish with tangy limes.
This is a great Chardonnay from Carneros, California. Buttery and bold and not too oaky, even for my taste.
Very smooth and enjoyable by itself or with food. Rich and extracted.
Robert Parker 90 points.
Thank you, Elvira for sharing. I paired it with Cheeses, crackers and great company.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$39. — 2 days ago
Absolutely friggin sublime. Tyler Chardonnays are often a little edgy and tightly coiled, with serious acid structure that can be kinda imposing, especially in youth. They bristle with energy and cut and are wont to leave even seasoned acid heads reaching for the Pepto at the end of the night. And I love that about them. Truly I do. But this wine has ascended to a higher astral plane. It has shed some of that puerile nervosite and in its place achieved total harmony. The nose is reserved at first, giving up notes of citrus zest, salt air, and pastry cream with a little coaxing. The palate is exquisitely balanced, with riper flavors of lemon meringue and subtle toast that positively coat the palate. It's not until the finish that the acid, minerality, and sheer phenolic weight of the wine finally intercede, and man do they stick with you. An absolute master class in American Chardonnay, with a long life still ahead of it. — 3 days ago
The 2015 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a beautifully made and ageworthy wine sourced from the Machado, 3D and Acin Vineyards. This has a highly perfumed nose with wild mushroom, Golden Delicious apple and ripe pear. Dense and delicious, this wine has flavors of banana, roasted pineapple and suggestions of white tea with gooseberry accents. The weight and texture of this Chardonnay is absolutely gorgeous as this is a stunning effort by the talented hands of Greg Brewer. Drink 2019-2027- 93 — 4 days ago