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, Charles Banks, the former owner of Jonata and Screaming Eagle, 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 Sandhiâ€™s exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroir. The individual vineyards from which these grapes originateâ€“some legendary, some newâ€“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.
Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2013
2013 Santa Barabara County Chardonnay is a blend from different vineyards located in: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Sta. Rita Hills. Vineyard sources include: Bien Nacido, Gainey, Zaca Mesa, Rita's Crown, Wenzlau, Bentrock, Duarita, and Sanford & Benedict. The average vine age is 25 years old. more
Sandhi Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2013
Brimming with high-toned, youthful aromatics, the 2013 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir leads with crunchy red fruits of pomegranate, wild strawberry, and sun-warmed raspberry. The exuberantly fruited nose is undergirded with orange zest, black tea, tea rose, and faint hints of clove and spice. The bright, vivacious palate carries a ... more
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