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.
From vines planted in Casa Nuestra Vineyard in 1999.
Dark crimson in color. 12.9% ABV. Distinct nose of red fruits, citrus, earth and flowers. Medium body with nice acidity. Fresh, crisp and vibrant. Cherries, apricot, iron and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The reds from Sandlands are always unique and this wine is no exception. Delicious, charming and easy to drink. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 91points.
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Sandlands fared well in The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.