Moorman / Kutch

Met Sashi Moorman and Jamie Kutch. Great Californian wine producers.

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Roberson Wine held a Sandhi and Kutch wine tasting. Finally I got to meet Sashi Moorman, winemaker of Sandhi. For couple years I have followed Sandhi and finally moving to London gave me a chance to taste the wines.

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Sandhi is a small Californian producer focusing on select vineyards from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. It was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, Charles Banks, the former owner of Screaming Eagle, and esteemed winemaker Sashi Moorman.

Sandhi is dedicated to making wines of finesse, mineralogy, acidity, structure and balance. Wine achieves power and beauty through the seamless integration of these qualities, and this is the inspiration for Sandhi.

For reds and whites they use neutral barrels and concrete vessels and employ small amount of new French oak. All white wines go through light fining and filtration. All wines are wild yeast fermented.

Still I have to admit the entry level Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2013 is just amazing. All others from St. Rita Hill, Sanford & Benedict, Bentrock were great and differed a lot from each other. Another favourite was Bentrock – just only 6 year old vineyard has unique location, close proximity to the ocean produces low yielding high quality grapes. Wine shows great potentiality and has intensely concentrated classy and sublime fruitiness.

Next to Sandhi’s Chards tried Kutch vibrant, balanced Pinot Noir’s. Jamie Kutch is great example how dreams can come true. Wine was literally a hobby for him, a second life, next to being a NASDAQ trader in New York. His Pinot Noir’s were balanced, reflecting deep ripe dark cherry character, full of earthiness.

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