Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

9.1155 ratings
9.142 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Chris MacLean

Pretty good stuff here. More depth and structure than the 2013 version I tried a few years ago.

Pretty good stuff here. More depth and structure than the 2013 version I tried a few years ago.

Oct 5th, 2019
Adam Kincaid

Look, I know people dig this style, but it’s just not what I look for in Chardonnay. No doubt on the lees, very creamy with an intense texture. Getting that buttery vibe. I’m an outlier, but just not my thing.

Look, I know people dig this style, but it’s just not what I look for in Chardonnay. No doubt on the lees, very creamy with an intense texture. Getting that buttery vibe. I’m an outlier, but just not my thing.

Apr 20th, 2019
Al Shikoh

Light golden hue. Aromas of lemon peel, lees, white flowers, chalk, and a bit of smoke. With good acidity and absence of prominent new oak, it leans more to the Burgundian end of the spectrum than California. Made from a blend of fruit from Rita’s Crown and Bentrock Vineyards aged in 500 L barrels. 13% ABV.

Light golden hue. Aromas of lemon peel, lees, white flowers, chalk, and a bit of smoke. With good acidity and absence of prominent new oak, it leans more to the Burgundian end of the spectrum than California. Made from a blend of fruit from Rita’s Crown and Bentrock Vineyards aged in 500 L barrels. 13% ABV.

Jan 5th, 2019
Joe Lucca

This completely over delivers. Would have guessed a Faiveley Mercurey Blanc blind. The nose shows apple, tons of stony minerals, salt air and jasmine. The palate is lit up with perfect acidity; carrying all those same flavors along with some crushed rocks, tangerine, and fresh made caramel. 2014 is the best vintage of this yet. I want to lay it down a few years, but can’t resist drinking it now.

This completely over delivers. Would have guessed a Faiveley Mercurey Blanc blind. The nose shows apple, tons of stony minerals, salt air and jasmine. The palate is lit up with perfect acidity; carrying all those same flavors along with some crushed rocks, tangerine, and fresh made caramel. 2014 is the best vintage of this yet. I want to lay it down a few years, but can’t resist drinking it now.

Sep 28th, 2018
Tom Casagrande

This is clearly intended to portray a Burgundian profile. And it largely succeeds. The Chablis-like nose has wet stony earth and apply fruit. Crisp acids. Minerally flavors. The problem — and this is a problem I see whenever someone in a region with abundant sunshine actively tries to rein in the ripeness by picking early — is that by picking before the time when nature gives you the ripeness IT wants, the wines somehow lack depth and feel a little “clipped.” So, in sum, I like this, but it lacks the depth to be profound.

This is clearly intended to portray a Burgundian profile. And it largely succeeds. The Chablis-like nose has wet stony earth and apply fruit. Crisp acids. Minerally flavors. The problem — and this is a problem I see whenever someone in a region with abundant sunshine actively tries to rein in the ripeness by picking early — is that by picking before the time when nature gives you the ripeness IT wants, the wines somehow lack depth and feel a little “clipped.” So, in sum, I like this, but it lacks the depth to be profound.

Sep 8th, 2018
Austin Hohnke

Delicious Chardonnay craving more time in bottle. Structured and textured. Round citrus fruit that’s restrained yet weighty. Long finish of clean lemon and orange peel and oh so faintly creamy.

Delicious Chardonnay craving more time in bottle. Structured and textured. Round citrus fruit that’s restrained yet weighty. Long finish of clean lemon and orange peel and oh so faintly creamy.

Jul 26th, 2018
Jae Cho

It was gone too fast to leave any notes

It was gone too fast to leave any notes

Nov 23rd, 2017
Aaron Means

💥 💥 💥 😁. This is 🔥!!!! Electrifying on the palate. Very expressive nose and massive acidity. This is one of the best Chardonnay values on the market. Stupid ridiculous. This particular vintage saw some of the Bentrock declassified fruit make it in this bottle. @June's All Day, Austin TX

💥 💥 💥 😁. This is 🔥!!!! Electrifying on the palate. Very expressive nose and massive acidity. This is one of the best Chardonnay values on the market. Stupid ridiculous. This particular vintage saw some of the Bentrock declassified fruit make it in this bottle. @June's All Day, Austin TX

Sep 7th, 2017
James Herron

Ain't no wine like a Raj Parr wine

Ain't no wine like a Raj Parr wine

2 people found it helpfulMay 27th, 2015
Tom Higgins

Owner/Winemaker Heart & Hands Wine Company

9.5

Lemon & citrus aromas dominate with hints of caramel and jasmine. The lemon core continues on the tongue with a firm backbone and delicate finish. delicious.

Lemon & citrus aromas dominate with hints of caramel and jasmine. The lemon core continues on the tongue with a firm backbone and delicate finish. delicious.

2 people found it helpfulJun 18th, 2014