Sandhi chardonnay bentrock

Chardonnay, Bentrock Vineyard 2013

Sandhi

The 2013 vintage leads with high-toned minerality followed closely by faint aromas of green and red apples,lime blossom, green banana peel, leafy spring herbs, and smoky white chalk. The palate is taut and dense, beams with acidity and proceeds to a linear and layered finish. Planted in 2007, Bentrock vineyard is 3 miles due west of Sanford & Benedict and sits on a north-facing bench.While the vines are far younger than Sanford & Benedict,the site's very marginal climate and shy bearing shale and diatomaceous soils make it our lowest yielding site. These low yielding vines give Sandhi their most concentrated wine.

Country:
USA
Region:
Santa Barbara County
Appellation/ava:
Santa Rita Hills
Vineyard designation:
Bentrock Vineyard
Vintage:
2013
Wine type:
White
Grape:
Chardonnay
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
92

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Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Traditional
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
441

Reviews

  • "92 points. Like the Mt. Carmel Chardonnay, just with less oak, the 2013 Chardonnay Bentrock is steely and mineral-laced, with Chablis-like lemon curd, citrus and white flower aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, racy and pure, with lots of acidity, yet also good density and fruit, it's another white from this team that will be better with a year or so in bottle and drink well through 2023." (Wine Advocate)
  • "90 points. Shows nice vibrancy, richness and depth in a very sleek, restrained style. The core flavors of grapefruit, citrus and blood orange are tart and juicy, yet with a richness and depth not typically found in wines this austere. Drink now. 441 cases made." (Wine Spectator)

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