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Sandhi Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay 2020

$31.95
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WS 92
  • WE 91
  • WA 93
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A stunningly beautiful and exciting wine, the 2020 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is bright and sculpted, brimming with citrus, green pear, chalk, and white pepper overtones. The mid-palate is incredibly rich and focused and the finish is marked by minerality and mouthwatering acidity.
Sourced overwhelmingly from estate-grown fruit at Domaine de la Côte, the 2020 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonny brims with the energy and brightness that is the hallmark of our appellation. Buttressed with fruit from Rinconada and Patterson vineyards, two north-facing sites with rich-clay soils, the careful combination offers up our very favorite vintage of this wine to date. The grapes were crushed before pressing into neutral 500L puncheons. The wine underwent an indigenous fermentation with no additions or adjustments. After 10 months in puncheon, the wine was racked to tank and bottled after an additional 4 months without filtration.
 

4 reviews for Sandhi Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay 2020

  1. WS

    Boasts an explosive laser beam of purity to the Honeycrisp apple, lemon blossom and pear flavors on a powerful frame of acidity, with hints of sesame seed, white tea and flint on the epic finish. Drink now.

  2. WE

    Crushed rock aromas dominate the nose of this bottling, yet there are also waves of dried lemon peel, grapefruit zest and orange flesh. The palate is rocky in both texture and flavor, as tart citrus-peel elements add nuance.

  3. WA

    The 2020 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, still in tank, comes from about 70% estate and 30% purchased fruit. It’s savory at this stage, with tones of golden apples, beeswax, brioche and roasted almonds. The medium-bodied palate offers youthful, tangy acidity and slowly emerging nutty layers, finishing energetic.

  4. VIN

    The 2020 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is stellar. The aromatics alone are compelling. White orchard fruit, mint, white pepper and mint add a striking upper register. All the elements come together effortlessly. There’s real personality and class here. Then again, that’s not entirely surprising given than 70-80% of this fruit is emerges from Sandhi-designated blocks at Domaine de la Cote.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Boasts an explosive laser beam of purity to the Honeycrisp apple, lemon blossom and pear flavors on a powerful frame of acidity, with hints of sesame seed, white tea and flint on the epic finish. Drink now.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Crushed rock aromas dominate the nose of this bottling, yet there are also waves of dried lemon peel, grapefruit zest and orange flesh. The palate is rocky in both texture and flavor, as tart citrus-peel elements add nuance.
WA 93
Wine Advocate
The 2020 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, still in tank, comes from about 70% estate and 30% purchased fruit. It's savory at this stage, with tones of golden apples, beeswax, brioche and roasted almonds. The medium-bodied palate offers youthful, tangy acidity and slowly emerging nutty layers, finishing energetic.

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Chardonnay
Chardonnay, a green-skinned grape variety, is renowned in the world of white wine production. Originating from France's Burgundy region, it has spread globally, becoming a staple in diverse wine regions from the cooler climates of England to the sunnier terrains of New Zealand. Its cultivation is often viewed as a benchmark for emerging wine regions, symbolizing their entry into the global wine scene. The grape itself is relatively neutral, allowing the environment (terroir) and winemaking techniques, especially oak aging, to play significant roles in shaping the wine's flavor profile. Chardonnay is known for its versatility in styles - ranging from the mineral-rich, crisp wines of Chablis to the oak-infused, tropical-flavored varieties of the New World. The climate greatly influences...Please check Chardonnay for more information
Sta Rita Hills
 
The Sta. Rita Hills wine region, recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) since July 2001, boasts a storied past steeped in viticultural heritage. Initially christened as Santa Rita Hills, the area underwent a rebranding to Sta. Rita Hills in 2006, following a dispute with Vina Santa Rita, a prominent Chilean winery. Spanning roughly 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres), this AVA primarily cultivates Pinot Noir, alongside other varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and more. Geographically positioned at the western extremity of the Santa Ynez Valley within the Central Coast wine region of California, Sta. Rita Hills enjoys a unique set of climatic advantages. Nestled within the larger Santa Ynez... ...Check Region for more information

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