Sandhi chardonnay santabarbaracounty

Chardonnay, Santa Barbara 2012


The fruit for this bottling comes from our sites in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez appellations. The average age of most of the vines is over 30 years old from specific parcels of Wente selection that we are lucky to access. We are pleased with this entry-level offering because it is a great introduction to the style of our wines. It will always have pretty aromas of citrus flowers and fruit notes of limes and lemons along with toasty notes from oak. On the palate it will have good structure and plenty of restraint and balance making it a very food-friendly and approachable wine.

Santa Barbara County
Wine type:
750 mL

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  • "Top 100 Wines of 2013. I wasn't sure whether a wine delivered more finesse for the money than the 2011 edition of this wine. But the 2012, from winemaker Sashi Moorman, plus Rajat Parr and Charles Banks, managed it. A whiff of savory oak leads to crunchy minerality and intense lemony flavors, plus Cameo apple and green pear. There's a textural mastery: the intense brightness of Santa Rita Hills mixed with riper fruit from farther north in the county." (Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle)
  • "90 points. The entry level effort, and a fine one at that, Sandhi’s 2012 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is the estate’s largest production release, with anywhere from 5,000-6,000 cases produced. Coming mostly from old vines and vineyards spread throughout Santa Barbara County, it’s always barrel-fermented and then aged 8 months in barrel before being moved to tank prior to bottling. It’s a classic Chardonnay that offers notions of stone fruits, spice, white flowers and tinges of brioche to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, lively and clean profile on the palate. I love the purity here, and this is an excellent value that will shine for 2-3 years, if not longer." (Wine Advocate)

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