First bottle after receiving my shipment from Sandhi. Wow. What a great bottle. Same aromas and flavors as before. This is as good as my favorite grand cru Chablis that I have had. Probably my favorite California Chardonnay with the '10 version of this right next to it. Will try a side by side next time. I can't think of a sub $50 Chardonnay I like more. Would love to find others though so will keep hunting.
Will rate again once they release and get to enjoy bottles of my own... Had this at an event the other night with Rajat Parr and it was outstanding. So wish I had my '10 S&B next to it to compare/contrast the two as that vintage is one of my favorites. Tart white fruits, a little flinty aroma and beautiful laser-like acidity and fantastic finish. In style it is most like a grand cru Chablis. Excellent stuff.
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(Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict) Light medium lemon yellow color; tart lemon, tart pear, lemon oil, white jasmine, almond nose; rich, tasty, firmly textured, ripe lemon, tart pear, mineral palate with medium acidity; should age very well; medium-plus finish (13.2% alcohol per Raj; picked at about 21 brix; 25% new oak; full malolactic; from vines planted in early '70s)
(Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict) Light medium lemon yellow color; saline, tart lemon, tart pear, Chablis-like nose; a little tight, tart lemon, mineral, Chablis-like, lightly saline palate with medium acidity and firm structure; should age very well; medium-plus finish 93+ points (very impressive, minerally, California Chardonnay; 13.5% alcohol; 25% new oak)
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