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Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: This is clearly a standard-bearer for new California Chardonnay while being a FANTASTIC bargain at the same time.

Producer/Winery: Rajat Parr & Sashi Moorman; Sandhi Wines; Lompoc, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation: Santa Barbara County; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $24.95

Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California.

Paired With: Turkey loaf with Marsala gravy, mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Light lemon yellow color. Lime, green apple, toasty oak and zesty citrus aromas. Smooth, light, very slight oily feel, medium body and a fine 1000 grit texture. Fresh honeydew melon, lemon and orange flavors all carried on a solid mineral backbone. The interesting finish really focused the sedimentary mineral, fresh mouth-feel and acidic tartness into an opulent treasure that’s hard to find anywhere but Burgundy. Outstanding with the turkey loaf, but really special drinking without food when the meal was done. After reading Jon Bonné’s book, The New California Wine we’re really getting into these new wines in a big way…and we’re not disappointed. If this Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is entry level, we can’t wait till we get to the real thing! This is clearly a standard-bearer for new California Chardonnay while being a FANTASTIC bargain at the same time.

Sashi Moorman, winemaker at Sandhi Wines
Photo from Sandhi Wines.

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Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: NA