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 wines made at Sandlands include Syrah, Trousseau, Carignane, Mataro, Chenin Blanc and at long last a Zinfandel from Kirschenmann Vineyard.
I decided to open this bottle while placing my Sandlands order for their Fall allocation.
Bright red in color. 13.8% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, roasted herbs and hot, wet stones. Medium body with perfect acidity. Fresh and crisp. Tart cherries, black tea, iron and earth on the palate. Nice length on the finish with subtle tannins. Charming wine that has great structure. Often I am inclined to drink Sandlands wines when they are young but this wine will certainly show well with another 3-5 years in the cellar.
My rating: 92 points.
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Sandlands fared well in The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.