When it comes to the best winemaking projects in the country, you’d be remiss if you didn’t mention the Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman connection.
Individually, the two have a resume as impressive as anyone in their field. Rajat Parr is a world famous sommelier and James beard winning author who has won pretty much every award in the business. He was a disciple of Larry Stones and became the wine director at Rubicon, as well as RN74, Michael Mina restaurants to name a few. Sashi is a former chef turned winemaker who helped make some of the best wines in Santa Barbara for over 10 years. He first did it with the wizard Adam Tolmach at Ojai and then later with Pete Stolpman at Stolpman Vineyards.
But when these two stars collided in 2010, they came up with the idea for Sandhi – a project to unlock the next level of California winemaking with the help of their unique backgrounds. The concept is simple: small production wines only focusing on the best vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. The two would also combine to create Evening Land in Oregon – a project that furthered their fame and put Seven Springs Vineyard and these two stars to the national spotlight.
At this point, both Sandhi and Evening Land have firmly etched their names amongst the elite in both Southern California and Oregon, a feat that’s not completely unheard of with Tony Soter paving that way, but Tony didn’t balance both like these rock stars do!
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96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2021 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has a medium ruby color and pretty scents of cinnamon stick, aniseed, iron, underbrush and charcuterie with a core of red cherries and cranberries. Medium-bodied yet very concentrated, it has a powdery frame, sparks of refreshing acidity and a very long, graphite-driven finish. Precise and detailed, it deserves to spend another 2-3 years in bottle.
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