Sandhi is a new venture by Charles Banks, who with Stan Kroenke bought Screaming Eagle back in 2006. Charles Banks sold his portion of Screaming in 2009 to now sole owner Stan Kroenke.
This is his new California project and he now pairs with Rajat Parr, the wine director for all of Michael Mina Restaurants.
Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, Charles Banks, the former owner of Jonata and Screaming Eagle, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman.
Sandhi represents a union essential to the production of wine: the collaboration between man, earth, and vine. The willing participation of all three elements is necessary to make great wine, and the winegrower must make this collaboration rich and nourishing for all involved. An understanding of these joint efforts informs Sandhi’s exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroir.
The individual vineyards from which these grapes originate–some legendary, some new–have been exhaustively vetted for character, personality, and balance. Employing the wisdom and talents of people who know the vineyards, Sandhi is dedicated to making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. Wine achieves power and beauty through the seamless integration of these qualities, and this is the inspiration for Sandhi. Wines exhibiting extreme ripeness, alcohol, oak, and other discordant exaggerations cannot truly express a specific vineyards terroir.
Only 375 cases made
2010 Sandhi Chardonnay Rita's Crown...$53.99
Sta. Rita Hills
This intense white shows a rich, vibrant, concentrated core of citrus-laced green apple and green pineapple flavors. This is refreshing, clean and snappy, ending with a lift that lingers. Drink now through 2020. 375 cases made. –JL
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
Only 198 cases made
2010 Sandhi Pinot Noir Bien Nacido...$45.99
Santa Maria Valley
We feel fortunate to have an opportunity to work with the fruit from this historic vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Our fruit comes from Block 1, one of the original 1973 plantings, and is composed of selections from Mount Eden and Pommard. This wine has a broad, enticing nose dominated by dark cherry and cola. It is sweet on the attack with a juicy, structured, umami like backbone. There is ample richness and complexity to also handle a wider array of cuisine.