This wine, from Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, is a Chardonnay from the famous Sanford & Benedict vineyard in Santa Barbara County, California. The vineyard was first planted in 1971 with ungrafted vines, and Raj and Sashi have been buying grapes from this special site since 2009. They buy from an old plot, facing north, planted on its own roots. The wine is lovely.
Sandhi Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2017 Sta. Rita Hills, California
12.5% alcohol. This is a tight, unfurled wine with some complex richer nut, peach and pineapple hemmed in by lemony acidity and a spicy mineral streak. There’s some richness, for sure, but it’s lurking behind the fresher, more acid, structured side of the wine. Lots of potential for development, but delicious (if slightly challenging) drinking now. This is a serious, multi-layered Chardonnay. 95/100