sandhi, bentrock chardonnay, sta. rita hills 2012
Rajat Parr’s single-vineyard expression may be the priciest white wine in the region, but it does impress, with aromas of lemon curd, limestone and macadamia-nut mousse. There’s just the right combination of oak, fruit and acid on the palate, with flavors of sea salt, yellow flowers and a pinch of cinnamon.
Shows off generous ripe apple, melon and white nectarine flavors that are sharply focused, juicy and lively, ending with a long, mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 430 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Bent Rock Sta. Rita Hills is a stunning effort that has fantastic tension and focus in its mineral-laced citrus peel, stone fruits, warm spice and brioche-styled aromas and flavors. As with all of the Sandhi releases, it has fabulous purity of fruit and a layered, lightly textured, silky feel. It too should drink nicely through 2019, although I see no need to hold off.