A wine review at last. It has been ages since I have written one. Not that I haven’t had good wines, but perhaps not that much worth singling out. Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay was such a bottle. We bought it on our last trip to New York a year and a half ago. It was one of those bottles worth flying over the Atlantic. A few words about Sandhi Vineyards. Founded in 2010, the small winery focuses on selected vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Barbara County. They mainly focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. The individual vineyards from which these grapes originate–some legendary, some new–have been carefully vetted for character. Sta. Rita Hills have cold temperatures, windy exposures, north-facing expositions and clay soils.
The Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is Sandhis entry level offering, and a great introductory wine to the style of the house. This wine has fruity notes of lime and lemon, as well as minerality, acidity, structure and balance. Its somehow a very clean and crisp wine, perfect for those hot summer days as an aperitif or a companion for light starters. The wine is wild-yeast fermented and goes through malolactic fermentation with the lees not stirred. Sandhi does not add water, sugar, acid, enzymes and other fixing agents to their wines. I have to admit, I don’t remember what I paid for the bottle. I have some vague recollection of 20 dollars, and that is about what wine-searcher recommends as well. Looking at the Swedish monopoly, however, the suggested price is two times higher. Hmm. Anyway it is available for private import in Sweden, but I don’t know if I would recommend it for that cost. You can try a glass of Sandhi at Folii wine bar in Södermalm before investing in a whole bottle.
This is definitely a wine that you should try if you run across it.