The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict is such a wonderfully complete wine that expresses all of the pedigree of this historic Sta. Rita Hills site. Sweet, perfumed aromatics and radiant fruit envelop the senses. Lemon confit, marzipan and white flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that open in the glass. The S&B is the most forthcoming of the Sandhi Chardonnays. I loved it.
94pts Wine & Spirits
At once austere and tender, this complex wine shows an array of aromas and flavors that weave in and out with air and time. At first go, it’s lean and green, legumes and white tea; then it develops lees and nutty sweet-corn accents after a day, and succulent apple the day after that, with a smoky salinity that would pair beautifully with smoked chicken and mushrooms.
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict, sourced from the old, ungrafted vines, has pretty notes of pears, white blossoms, hazelnut and stone, with a silky, expansive palate that offers up an array of citrus, flowers, flint and nutty tones. It's tangy, salty and super bright and finishes long and uplifted. Lovely! Give it another 2-3 years in bottle unless you love that bright, youthful character.