Sandhi Mount Carmel Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: It can only be described as OUTSTANDING!!!

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

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

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

Vintage: 2016

Price: $38.25

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

Paired With: Chicken with mushroom sauce.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, pale ruby color with a lighter rim. Primarily fruity cherry and raspberry aromas, along with cinnamon, “Pope Paul” rose blossoms, damp earth and clove. Smooth entry, somewhat dry and condensed mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 150-grit texture. Quite intense fresh cherry, cranberry and pomegranate flavors with flickers of tartness. Well-balanced crisp acidity, well integrated fine grained tannins with some grip and a long peppery and concentrated fruit finish that ends with a cinnamon aftertaste. WOW, from the moment we put our nose in the glass we knew this wine was going to be magical. The saturated aromas and flavors coupled with the refined tannins resulted in a very unique and sophisticated California Chardonnay. It can only be described as OUTSTANDING!!!

Mt. Carmel vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills
Photo from the Santa Barbara Independent.
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.