Bottle Notes

2019 Sandlands Cinsault Lodi – Bottle Notes

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.

The vineyard for this wine was planted in 1886 in the heart of western Lodi by Joseph Spenker and farmed for decades by Al Bechthold. This vineyard is now thriving under the watchful eye of the Phillips family

Light red in color. 12.3% ABV. Reticent nose of red fruits, flowers and earth. Light body with medium acidity. Fresh, light and charming. Cherry, strawberry, baking spices and minerals on the palate. The finish is soft and supple. Delightful wine. Serve it with a slight chill this Summer. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 90 points.

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