2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, USA

2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, USA

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2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, USA

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The 2017 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict has plenty of depth, texture and nuance, but it is also surprisingly tightly wound for a vintage in which wines are generally more open-knit. Bright, savory and intensely mineral, the 2017 is going to need time to soften. At this point, the 2017 is not terribly expressive of S&B, although it is quite attractive just the same.

Drink 2020-2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2019)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
Decanter93/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
The 2017 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict has plenty of depth, texture and nuance, but it is also surprisingly tightly wound for a vintage in which wines are generally more open-knit. Bright, savory and intensely mineral, the 2017 is going to need time to soften. At this point, the 2017 is not terribly expressive of S&B, although it is quite attractive just the same.

Drink 2020-2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2019) Read more
Decanter93/100
Another iteration of Sta. Rita Hills old vine Chardonnay, the 2017 Sanford & Benedict from Racines is a dynamic wine built for the cellar. The nose gives off aromas of lime zest, acacia and breakfast cereal. The palate is texturally expansive and oceanic in nature, finishing with a vibrant, crunchy structure that will take a couple of years to come into itself. I find the Racines wines noticeably more reticent than the Tyler lineup at this early stage, and am excited to follow their progression in the bottle.

Drink 2019-2029

Decanter (Jul 2019) Read more

About this WINE

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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