Sandhi chardonnay ritascrown

Chardonnay, "Rita's Crown" 2011

Sandhi

This is another very promising site located at the highest elevation in the region, hence the “Crown of Santa Rita”. Planted at 600 to 1000 feet, Rita’s Crown is on diatomaceous soils, which are fossilized seashells and hallmarks of the appellation. This soil creates a mineral thread in the wines while also adding more stress and concentrating the fruit flavors. Furthermore because of its high pitch, this site receives an extraordinary amount of ocean wind further intensifying the fruit. Our sections are south facing receiving ample sun producing slightly riper and juicier fruit than our other bottlings.

Country:
USA
Region:
Santa Barbara County
Appellation/ava:
Santa Rita Hills
Vineyard designation:
Rita's Crown Vineyard
Vintage:
2011
Wine type:
White
Grape:
Chardonnay
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
95

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Viticulture:
Traditional
Closure:
Cork

Reviews

  • "95 points. Chiseled, taut and well crafted, this is a long way from the caricature of super-rich, slightly sweet California Chardonnay. Floral and fresh, with subtle oak, flavors of baking spices and struck match and appealing texture." (Tim Atkin)
  • "94 points. Brilliant, the 2011 Chardonnay Rita's Crown dishes up layers of citrus blossom, oyster shell, white flowers and a saline-like minerality that emerges more on the palate. It is a medium-bodied, gorgeously pure Chardonnay that has laser-like precision and focus. Don't miss it. Drink 2014-2018." (Wine Advocate)

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