Jane says: To me, this was one of those wines that put a different style of Californian Chardonnay on the global radar. For a long time, most people would hear American Chardonnay and just think “big, oaky butter bombs”. This wine however, is so fresh & precise. It doesn’t skimp out on the fruit but also shows that you don’t have to rely on serious oak and over-ripeness to give interest to a wine.
As Wine Director for the Michael Mina restaurants, Raj Parr was responsible for some of the top wine lists across the US for a long time. In 2010, partnering with Sashi Moorman, he created Sandhi. Their aim was to create wines that truly speak of the places from which they come, with organic practices in the vineyards and as little intervention through the winemaking process as possible. This cuvée is a blend of vineyards within Santa Barbara with an average vine age of 25 years. The wine is aged in older barrels, helping to retain a purity of fruit, as opposed to an oaky impact.