Sandhi 'Sanford & Benedict' Chardonnay 2016
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 32364
Vinous Media 94
"The 2016 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict emerges from one of the sections in this historic vineyard planted with own-rooted vines. Lemon confit, white flowers, apricot and lightly tropical notes are woven together in a finessed, wonderfully nuanced Chardonnay full of character and personality. If California has a classification of vineyard site, Sanford & Benedict would sit at or near the top. This is a terrific expression of site. -- Antonio Galloni"
Own-rooted Chardonnay vines planted in 1971, first in the region
North-facing blocks in the Southeastern corner of the Sta. Rita Hills
Clay-rich topsoil over silica and limestone
Indigenous fermentation in 500L puncheon (20% new)
Aged 10 months in puncheon, 6 months in tank
260 cases produced
Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman. Sandhi represents a union essential to the production of wine: the collaboration between man, earth, and vine. The willing participation of all three elements is necessary to make great wine, and the winegrower must make this collaboration rich and nourishing for all involved. An understanding of these joint efforts informs Sandhi’s exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroir.
The individual vineyards from which these grapes originate–some legendary, some new–have been exhaustively vetted for character, personality, and balance. Employing the wisdom and talents of people who know the vineyards, Sandhi is dedicated to making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. Wine achieves power and beauty through the seamless integration of these qualities, and this is the inspiration for Sandhi. Wines exhibiting extreme ripeness, alcohol, oak, and other discordant exaggerations cannot truly express a specific vineyards terroir.
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