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Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: NOTEWORTHY Chardonnay that’s a COLOSSAL value.

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

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Sta. Rita Hills; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $25.50 (with a Sandhi club discount)

Purchased From: Sandhi Wines; Lompoc Wine Ghetto; Lompoc, California.

Paired With: Seared salmon with orange curry sauce, roasted potatoes and peas.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, oat straw color. Vanilla, lemon, rising bread dough and melon aromas. Silky smooth, succinct, very slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body and a 400-grit texture. Evocative flavors of lemon, apple, Seckel Pear and traces of mineral flavors. Bright acidity and tart finish that’s wrapped around a solid mineral root and ends with just a touch of honeysuckle taste. WOW, FANTASTIC Chardonnay!!! Filled with a fresh and lively mouthfeel, contains a unique Sta, Rita Hills mineral taste from start to finish, just enough oak without being over done and all this comes with a BARGAIN price tag. It’s exactly what Jon Bonné calls the “New California Wine” in his book The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines behind a Revolution in Taste. This was so delicious and reasonably priced for the quality it could easily be an outstanding “house Chardonnay”. We simply called it NOTEWORTHY Chardonnay that’s a COLOSSAL value.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation with the cool Pacific maritime fog filling the valleys
Photo from the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: (45mm) Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 60252 00170 1

Imported by: Not applicable.