2019 Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay

Sta Rita Hills, USA

Flinty, kinetic Chardonnay offering superb value from one of California's most iconic vineyards.




About The Wine

Since 2018, the fruit for Sandhi's Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay have come from some of the best vineyard sites in California, including Domaine de la Cote, the iconic estate also run by the terroir-obsessed winemakers Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.

There's definitely a great sense of pride in the grapes and a sense of place that comes through here. Fermentation uses indigenous yeast, and there's a much more gentle use of oak than in other, bigger Californian examples—just 20% new, 500-litre barrels.

Exceptional quality and restraint, and a bargain price considering the fame of the vineyard that the grapes are sourced from.

About Sandhi

Sandhi is the partner wine label to Domaine de la Cote, founded by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman in the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara, up the coast from Los Angeles.

Sandhi are generally more approachable wines, to the palate and the wallet, than Domaine de la Cote, and explore the potential of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from across Santa Barbara and California.

Sandhi means 'treaty' or 'alliance' in Sanskrit, to represent the partnerships he has formed with local, sustainable grape growers who supply much of the fruit for Sandhi wines.

Sandhi founder Rajat Parr
Sandhi founder Rajat Parr
Santa Barbara, California
Additional Info

From The Producer

This wine leads with a faint nose of reduction and flinty minerality. Rich notes of custard and lees mix with smoky notes of crushed rock and ocean spray. The tension on the palate offers a lively wine with a textural richness that will age well for decades.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vineyards of Santa Barbara
The vineyards of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"The 2019 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is fabulous. Bright and sculpted in feel, it captures the more taut style of the appellation, with plenty of lime, lemon, green pear, minerals and white pepper overtones. Readers who appreciate taut Chardonnays will adore the 2019 from Sandhi. Vineyard sites are Domaine de la Cote, Sanford & Benedict, Patterson and Bentrock." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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