California’s New Reference Point for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!!!
Sommelier, Chef and Screaming Eagle influenced!
Santa Barbara’s new winery Sandhi which we have already been touting has once again garnered massive press! The trio of former Screaming Eagle owner Charles Banks, former Chef Sashi Moorman and Sommelier Rajat Parr—a Burgundy specialist, has developed this amazing winery that is taking the expectations of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California and flipping them.
| “Sandhi is one of the most exciting new projects in California. The brainchild of investor Charles Banks, sommelier Rajat Parr and winemaker Sashi Moorman, Sandhi excels with cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinots from some of Santa Barbara’s top sites. Things change in California at a much faster pace than is common in other parts of the world. Investor-backed projects like Sandhi often have short lives. I hope that won’t be the case here because Banks, Parr and Moorman are on to something truly special. It is quite conceivable that within a few years the Sandi Chardonnays and Pinots could become reference point, benchmark wines for Santa Barbara, and California, for that matter. The overall approach at Sandhi focuses on picking on the early side...” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate 9/12.|