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Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Simply OUTSTANDING Chardonnay that’s a $25 bargain!!!

Producer/Winery: Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr; 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, California.

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


    Chilled before opening. Crystal clear, oat straw color. Apple, cooked Bartlett pear, nutmeg and oak aromas. Smooth, vivacious, approachable, very slightly creamy with a savory mouthfeel, medium body and a 400-grit texture. Tart quince, apple, bread right out of the toaster, ripe honeydew melon and a tad of fresh squeezed lemon flavors. Lots of bright acidity and a very long lemon/lime finish that ends with a chalkiness in the mouth. WOW, this was like young “Old World” Chardonnay. It was light and zesty with just the slightest touch of California creaminess. It’s luscious to drink, pairs well with food and is a very unique California wine. Simply OUTSTANDING Chardonnay that’s a $25 bargain!!!

    Note: Interested in learning more about Sandhi wines? See Jon Bonné’s book The New California Wine

Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr
Photo from Skurnik Wines.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 60252 00170 1

Imported by: Not applicable.