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.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from Bohan Vineyard in Cazadero on the Sonoma Coast.
Light red in color. Almost translucent. 12.8% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, roses and minerals. Light body with refreshing acidity. Lithe, bright and fresh. Pomegranate, rhubarb and bing cherries on the palate. The finish is long and earthy. This closely resembles a Beaujolais or Village level Burgundy. So much to like here. Drink over the next several years.
My rating: 91 points.
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Just this past year Sandlands made its debut on The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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