Daniel, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park, and Jean-Georges’ Chardonnay
The 2013 Sandhi Chardonnay Bentrock prompted International Wine Report to rave: “Simply put, this is a terrific example of Chardonnay and a must have for readers who love California Chardonnay or Burgundy.” Then, the publication poured on 97 points, placing it fifth among the best 100 wines of 2015. Wine Enthusiast was right behind with 95 points for this “mighty good” and “laser-focused” Chardonnay. Critics and sommeliers alike consider this release among the most riveting coastal Chardonnays of the past five years, a sensationally wound-up, luscious gem from hallowed terroir and two winemakers at the top of their game, Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman (of Stolpman fame). Some of the greatest restaurants in the world have nabbed this bottle, including Daniel, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, and Jean-Georges. But you don’t need reservations. We’re making it available to Wine Access clients at the best price in the nation — $65, 28% off the market price of $90.
Sandhi is “one of the most exciting new projects in California,” according to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Of their latest releases, the Advocate raved, “are all beautifully made and highlight the fresher, leaner side to the region.” Moorman and Parr are daring innovators, venturing to the edgiest, most extreme sites on the coast to craft Burgundian varieties that are as sophisticated and cerebral as they are mouthwateringly delicious. They’ve been rewarded with 24 impressive 92-95 point scores from The Wine Advocate and a reputation as the buzziest winemaking duo in the country.
With this phenomenal effort, the Sandhi boys are helping to drive the prestige and excitement around the Bentrock site even higher. The vineyard is north-facing, just down the road from the famed Sta. Rita Hills vineyard Sanford & Benedict. Shale soils (much like the Goldridge soils favored by David Ramey, Peter Michael, and Steve Kistler) stress vines to the max, providing for small-berry clusters of high skin-to-juice ratio. Brisk maritime breezes off the Pacific lead to bracing, mineral acidity. The vines are low-yielding, creating magnificent concentration and richness, and making this Sandhi Chardonnay a stunning, essential addition to any cellar.