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Sandhi Sanford and Benedict Chardonnay 2012

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750ML / 12.9% ABV
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750ML / 12.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 is a softer version of the 2011 with high tones of lemon meringue, seaweed and coriander. The wine is taught with mouth-watering acidity.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
Sashi Moorman sources this wine from the oldest chardonnay vines in the Santa Rita Hills, vines that Rick Sanford planted on their own roots in 1972. The vineyard’s shale-laced benchland soil grew a resolutely earthy chardonnay in 2012, a wine that feels fully ripe yet almost austere at first, savory and floral rather than directly fruity. It gains clarity with air, the intensity of its old-vine dry extract supported by lively acidity, developing an appetizing aroma that suggests chanterelle mushrooms and huitlacoche.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Also from the Sta. Rita Hills, and from a vineyard that continues to impress, the 2012 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is one of the few 2012s that will benefit from short-term cellaring. Offering classic pear, apple blossom, chamomile and a distinct salty minerality, this beauty has medium-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and bright acidity.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Rajat Parr’s take on this historic vineyard walks a tasty aromatic line between squeezed citrus, whipped vanilla cream and brisk stone fruits. On the palate, salinity reigns atop grilled lemon and honeydew, delivering just flecks of vanilla.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Exhibits complex flavors of snappy red and green apple, with floral honeysuckle blossom scents, ending with a delicate touch of lemon peel. Drink now through 2022.
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Sandhi, California
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Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. Sandhi was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and 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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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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