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SANDHI 12 CH RITA'S CROWN
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Bottle Size: 750ml
$54.95
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SANDHI 2012 CHARDONNAY "RITA'S CROWN" SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL

Started in 2010 by Rajat Parr (wine director for Michael Mina restaurants), Charles Banks (former owner of Screaming Eagle) and Sashi Moorman (winemaker for Stolpman), Sandhi focus on crafting wine from select vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills area of Santa Barbara County. It is because of their focus for balance that these three are so determined to find vineyard sites from the Santa Rita Hills that are old-vine, have cold temperatures and windy exposures. They want wines with vibrancy, freshness and energy, so they prefer neutral barrel and concrete vessel, employing a conservative amount of new French oak, and all wines are wild-yeast fermented. All Chardonnays go through malo-lactic with the lees not stirred.

Rita’s Crown vineyard is a very promising site located at the highest elevation in the region, hence the “Crown of Santa Rita”. Planted at 600 to 1000 feet, Rita’s Crown is on diatomaceous soils, which are fossilized seashells and hallmarks of the appellation. This soil creates a mineral thread in the wines while also adding more stress and concentrating the fruit flavors. Furthermore because of its high pitch, this site receives an extraordinary amount of ocean wind further intensifying the fruit.

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