- 92 Punkte DECANTER: "Oz Clarke: Round, soft and mellow with a charming gentle maturity of cream and roasted nuts, freshened up with lemon zest acidity. Sarah Jane Evans: Lean, clean wine. Smoky reductive notes lead to a clean, linear palate. Fruit is subdued; the palate is developing notes of stony purity. Elegant and refined. Tina Gellie: Quite smoky and reduced on the nose. The palate is grippy, lean and tight with savoury mineral notes and hints of confit peach. A very New World Chardonnay. Recommended by Chris Mercer Drinking Window 2019 – 2021"
- 17+ Punkte JANCIS ROBINSON: "Sitting at 600-1,000 ft elevation, this site grows almost entirely above the daily fog line while receiving some wind from the ocean still. Facing south it gets a bit more sun exposure. With these challenging soils, the site grows consistently small clusters, though the aspect means there is enough sun exposure to ripen. Fermented and aged in new puncheons for 11 months, then in tank for six months.
Floral and citrus aromatics carry into a savoury, lively, saline and citrus palate that leaves even the tactile effect of saline on the palate through the long finish. Flinty accents also persist throughout. While the aromatics are pretty and lifted, they transform into a palate of power. There is initially less complexity here than the other Sta Rita Hills wines but more power of presence. This wine is the most palate-filling as well. It wants a bit of time in bottle to integrate and gain finesse, which it certainly has, but it is showing as restrained exuberance currently instead. Allow it some time in the cellar before opening."
- 94 Punkte INTERNATIONAL WINEREPORT: "The 2014 Rita’s Crown Chardonnay is an absolutely sensational showing from Sandhi. This flat-out gorgeous Chardonnay begins with pretty aromas of Asian pear, lemon zest, floral blossoms and a lovely steak of salinity. On the palate this nothing short of stunning, as it demonstrates incredible overall balance and precision with a beautiful core of acidity leading up to the well-focused, mineral laced finish. The 2014 Rita’s Crown is an extraordinary Chardonnay that should certainly not be missed. (Best 2016-2026)"
|International Wine Report:||94 IWR|
|Jancis Robinson:||17,0 JR|
|Region:||Santa Rita Hills|
|Lage/Bezeichnung:||Ritas Crown Vineyard|
|% vol Alk:||13,0|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||Fine Wine GmbH, Apetlonerstr. 20, 7142 Illmitz, Österreich|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Sandhi Wines, Lompoc, Kalifornien|