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ProducerSandhi Wines (web)
DesignationRita's Crown
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSta. Rita Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by gschneider on 3/20/2015 & rated 94 points: This wine is awesome. Viscous, full bodied with unreal fruit and hint of spice that completes the wine. Very tightly integrated. Hints of apple pie and pear (308 views)
 Tasted by debow on 10/4/2014: A bit tart, acidic with character, buttery, oaky, citrus notes, lemo peel (574 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 10/2/2014: This is a delicious Chardonnay and a good step up over the regular Sandhi Chardonnay. Multiple layers of flavor and good acidity. (868 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 9/17/2014 & rated 92 points: This was excellent. Pure Chardonnay fruit with a kiss of oak. Long on the finish. (875 views)
 Tasted by wine4lux on 8/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Enjoyed a bottle at Michael Mina, paired very well with the black cod and lobster pot pie entrees. Honey and apple on the palate with a very light touch of oak. (646 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 6/29/2014: From memory over dinner last night, and I am fairly certain this was the bottling. While I liked the fruit and expression of the wine, as it's in the leaner camp, there was some toasted oak on the aromatic that is also at play. I'm coming pretty close to the place where I am really well anchored into the chardonnay camp where the wine is done in some kind of vessel that eliminates the oak signature--concrete, old wood, whatever it may be. I liked this wine but take my comment about the toasted note into context. (1058 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 2/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Slight marshmallow with great rich fruit on both the nose and the palate. This strikes a great balance of being hugely flavorful, while being medium bodied and silky smooth in the mouth. This is just really delicious. Provides the best of several different worlds. Not super acidic, but there is enough to give it an energy and brightness. I don't know if it will be the longest lived wine, but I think this is still improving and is not peaking. Nice mild mineral note on the finish. (683 views)
 Tasted by mouton45 on 6/4/2013 & rated 92 points: I spotted a local wine shop and grabbed a bottle based on its strong pro reviews (RP 94, ST 93, WS 92, RJ 93). The wine didn't disappoint in the least, though I thought it wasn't the perfect pairing with Cathy's delicious chicken in sherry cream sauce dinner, which usually works best with an oaky chardonnay. Sandhi wasn't, but I think this would go great with fish or chicken without a rich and heavy sauce. The only downer was when I went back to buy the rest on the shelf, someone else beat me to it. Arrgh (1271 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 1/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Tasting at The Watering Hole- Sandhi & other Terroir Selections (Los Olivos, CA): Straw gold in the glass. Honeycomb and butterscotch is intermingled with orange and lime zest on the bouquet. Silken texture on the palate with hints of earth to go along with citrus and mineral flavors. Balanced bright acid notes and a full fleshy finish. Excellent and should continue to develop. (1682 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 1/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Lemon curd, white vanilla, creme brûlée. Oak was sticking out awkwardly at first, but by Day 2 was better integrated. Better with food at this point, but should do well with 2 or 3 years of bottle age. Very rich palate with citrusy acidity cutting through. Would probably give this 92-93 with a bit more time. (1374 views)
 Tasted by scooter260 on 1/12/2013 & rated 95 points: Outstanding! One of the top Chardonnays of the year for me. Super crisp but tons of depth. (1179 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/1/2012 & rated 93 points: Oily, ultra-clean, vanillin, citrus, and pear flavors (1468 views)
 Tasted by Gobi on 8/19/2012 & rated 94 points: Pale yellow in color with a very complex nose filled with poached pears, guava, papaya, mango, orange rind, lemon, some roasted nuts, with some hidden mineral components. On the palate the wine is smooth with layers of sweet fruit, great acidity, and great minerality. An oily textured mid-bodied wine that is tightly knit, utter balance, quite impressive. (679 views)
 Tasted by creno on 7/5/2012 & rated 89 points: Clear, bright, medium depth straw color with thin watery edge.
Citrus, honey, pear, stone/mineral aroma of average length and fine character.
Med-dry, adequate sugar, smooth. Fresh acidity (citric).
Full body with generous alcohol.
A developing wine, balanced and correct (1036 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/18/2012 & rated 91 points: Quite oaky on the nose. Palate is also quite rich. Pretty though. 90-91+ (1301 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 4/16/2012 & rated 89 points: Tenzing Portfolio Tasting (Tenzing - Chicago, IL): More minerals, softer and less oak than the regular AVA. But still, for over fifty dollars, I'd pass.
Still kind of overdone and not really my style, though going in the right direction. (1206 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/19/2012 & rated 93 points: 2012 In Pursuit of Balance Tasting (Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building, San Francisco, California): Light yellow color; apple, tart pear, nutty note nose; tasty, tart pear, lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish (2656 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
(Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012)
(Sandhi Chardonnay Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/26/2012)
(Sandhi, Rita's Crown Chardonnay Sta Rita Hills White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/19/2012)
(Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Rita's Crown) Light yellow color; apple, tart pear, nutty note nose; tasty, tart pear, lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and JancisRobinson.com and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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