Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

9.120 ratings
8.95 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
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
Patrick Hu

A lot of malolactic. Great acidic finish.

A lot of malolactic. Great acidic finish.

Apr 8th, 2018
Chris Grimm

So good. Saline and delicious. Has more body than Chablis, but it checks a lot of those boxes.

So good. Saline and delicious. Has more body than Chablis, but it checks a lot of those boxes.

Mar 7th, 2018
Aaron Rankin

Yep, it's, err, balanced

Yep, it's, err, balanced

Jun 25th, 2016
Dorit Handrus

Finish redeems. Tight, candied lemon pith makes up for the toasty, coconut and vanilla of new oak up front. Something tying start and finish together would take this further.

Finish redeems. Tight, candied lemon pith makes up for the toasty, coconut and vanilla of new oak up front. Something tying start and finish together would take this further.

May 3rd, 2016
Jason Somerville

Revised downward: turned apple on the palate having been opened for a while. Exceptional Chardonnay. Smells like an old world Burgundy on the nose and follows through on the palate. Presents strong lemon flavors without even a hint of butter. A little more acidic and tart than I would like, but these characteristics will likely soften with age.

Revised downward: turned apple on the palate having been opened for a while. Exceptional Chardonnay. Smells like an old world Burgundy on the nose and follows through on the palate. Presents strong lemon flavors without even a hint of butter. A little more acidic and tart than I would like, but these characteristics will likely soften with age.

May 3rd, 2016
Lee Quessy

Love this wine!!

Love this wine!!

Dec 16th, 2015
Kate Stromberg

#ipob

Mar 19th, 2015
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

Alder had this 3 years ago

Alder had this 3 years ago

Oct 23rd, 2016
Christopher A. Weed

Director of Operations/Wine Specialist Spectrum Wine Auctions

9.0

Christopher had this 4 years ago

Christopher had this 4 years ago

Sep 20th, 2015