Sandhi "Sta. Rita Hills", Chardonnay
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Sandhi "Sta. Rita Hills", Chardonnay - 2019

Item # 44496 750mL
$28.99/ Single Bottle
$347.88 $313.09/ Case of 12
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Production Methods



Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

A Chardonnay from fruit that comes from the estate vines of Domaine de la Côte. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in 500 liter-sized barrels (20% new). Excellent with lobster rolls and fries.

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Staff Pick Notes

When I first started at Astor, California Chardonnay was not “in vogue” anymore. Since its falling out with many wine drinkers, it has been tarred and feathered with some unflattering nicknames. I thought then, and still do now, that it isn’t fair or wise to entirely write off these wines. Sure, there are bad apples out there, but there are still plenty of golden delicious ones too. Chardonnay from Sandhi vineyards has always been my champion for the category. While it leans toward a Burgundian style, it still celebrates the gorgeous Californian fruit. Tart and creamy lemon notes, lively acidity, and handsome salinity make for something rich yet light on its feet. California Chardonnay remains “uncool,” which means you can enjoy the best ones while no one is looking.

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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