Sandhi has partnered with the White Buffalo Land Trust, an organization that practices and promotes regenerative agriculture. The trust was founded by Steve Finkel after the passing of his wife, Lyndsey McMorrow, who had a deep affinity for regenerative agriculture. Sandhi produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine from Jalama Canyon Ranch, the trust’s headquarters, which serves as a living laboratory for showcasing regenerative agriculture principles showcasing a diversity of climate-appropriate cropping systems, livestock management systems, and wetland restoration.
The White Buffalo Land Trust’s history dates back to 2001 when two White Buffalo calves were born in Colorado. Lyndsey and her mother were asked to care for and protect the two buffalo on their land in California. Over the years, Lyndsey and Bobbie looked after the White Buffalo and heard the continuing call to heal relations with the earth and in their communities. After Lyndsey’s passing, Steve Finkel founded the trust to fulfill the work Lyndsey inspired during her life.
• Regeneratively Farmed **
• 100% Pinot Noir **
• Jalama Canyon Ranch (Santa Barbara County AVA)** **
• Owned by the White Buffalo Land Trust
•** Indigenous yeast fermentation in concrete tanks
• Aged 8 months in neutral French oak **
• 13.1% abv
• 347 cases produced
Sandhi is a small production California winery focusing on select vineyards from the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and esteemed winemaker, Sashi Moorman. Sandhi represents a union essential to the production of wine: the collaboration between man, earth, and vine. The willing participation of all three elements is necessary to make great wine, and the winegrower must make this collaboration rich and nourishing for all involved. An understanding of these joint efforts informs Sandhi’s exploration of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines throughout the Santa Barbara County terroir.
The individual vineyards from which these grapes originate–some legendary, some new–have been exhaustively vetted for character, personality, and balance. Employing the wisdom and talents of people who know the vineyards, Sandhi is dedicated to making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. Wine achieves power and beauty through the seamless integration of these qualities, and this is the inspiration for Sandhi. Wines exhibiting extreme ripeness, alcohol, oak, and other discordant exaggerations cannot truly express a specific vineyards terroir.