Sandhi Rita's Crown Chardonnay 2012
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
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.
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.
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.