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.


    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.