Though produced under the Sandhi label, the majority of the fruit for this Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir comes from the Domaine de la Côte estate. This is often heralded as some of the finest vineyard sites for Pinot Noir in California, and this is a wine that definitely delivers over and above its price point. Brimming with notes of black cherry, lavender and layered spice, plus an earthy finish that lends itself to a very elegant and complex red.
The 2020 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills incorporates about 50% estate fruit and was made with destemmed fruit this vintage and bottled a bit earlier than other vintages. Medium ruby-purple, it has pretty scents of rhubarb, blueberries and tea leaves with savory notes of pipe tobacco, flint and woodsmoke. The medium-bodied palate is delicate, bright and chalky with perfumed fruits and a long, floral finish.
In the words of famed wine writer Antonio Galloni, ‘It is quite conceivable that within a few years the Sandhi Chardonnays and Pinots could become reference point, benchmark wines for Santa Barbara, and California, for that matter’. High praise and a big statement, but there’s no doubt in our mind that Sandhi lives up to it and more. This is a joint project between The Sourcing Table’s own Rajat Parr (an acclaimed Sommelier and wine writer) and the talented winemaker Sashi Moorman. Founded in 2010, Sandhi (a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘collaboration’) places its focus on exploring Santa Barbara Chardonnay. Rajat and Sashi adopted a Burgundian approach to their winemaking. They use some of the finest sites in the area, and their single vineyard bottles are often hailed as the Premier and Grand Cru equivalents of California. All their Chardonnay expressions are grown organically, fermented naturally, use minimal sulphur additions, and only see a small amount of new oak. Rajat and Sashi are trailblazers in the world of New Wave California, and the Sandhi wines perfectly exemplify why.