Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Turley. The line-up encompasses some of the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture.
Bright crimson in color. 13.3% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, violets and olive brine. Medium body with nice acidity. Light, fresh and elegant. Bing cherries, grilled meats, white pepper and minerals on the palate. There are drying tannins on a long finish. Scrumptious Syrah. Attractively priced at $20 per bottle. Drink over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 90 points.
Seriously consider signing up for the Sandlands mailing list. Tegan has a model of exceptional wines at extremely fair prices from impeccable vineyards. What more can you ask for?
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