Sandhi Rita's Crown Chardonnay 2012


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This wine has been much more opulent in the past two vintages. Even with the summer experiencing more mild temperatures than normal, this wine has a dense and concentrated core while maintaining its vibrant acidity.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Sandhi
Alcohol/vol 12.6%
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastWhiffs of just-ripe pineapple and mellowed buttercream emerge from this pale-colored yet vibrant take on the grape, grown on vines high above the Santa Ynez River valley. Tension and verve powers the palate, with lemon rinds, Greek yogurt, papaya spritzer and some slight tannins.

Matt Kettmann, February 1, 2015
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateAlways the first vineyard to be harvested, the 2012 Chardonnay Rita's Crown has slightly tropical notes that give way to hints of white peach, mint and green citrus with air. It's a medium-bodied, juicy and sweetly fruited effort that has loads of charm.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorGracefully balanced, with vibrant, grapefruit-infused acidity that provides lively tension between the citrus, green apple and honeydew melon notes. Pure and zesty on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 830 cases made.

James Laube