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Sandhi Chardonnay Rita's Crown 750ML 2010
Sku: 106797
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara County
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $45.99
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Wine Advocate 94 points - The 2010 Chardonnay Rita’s Crown wraps around the palate with gorgeous layers of deep, resonant fruit. This is slightly richer and riper than the Bien Nacido, but remains a wine predominantly built on superb textural elegance. The high elevation of this site helps to balance some of the wine’s more overt leanings. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. (Aug 2012)

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Wine maker notes
This is our first bottling from this promising site that is planted at the highest elevation in the region, hence the "Crown of Santa Rita”. Planted at 500 to 1000 feet, Rita’s Crown is planted on diatomaceous soils, which are fossilized seashells and hallmarks of the appellation. This soil creates a mineral thread in the wines while adding more stress to the vines concentrating the fruit flavors. Please click here to see what this soil looks like and a picture of the vineyard. Our sections are south facing receiving ample sun providing slightly riper and juicier fruit. In our opinion, this is the blockbuster white of the spring line-­-up with solid structure and persistence.

Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Santa 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 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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