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 and Chenin Blanc.
A blend of 50% Lodi fruit (own rooted vineyard, planted in 1936) and 50% Contra Costa County fruit (vineyard planted in the 1920’s).
Bright red in color. 12.8% ABV. Savory nose of crushed red fruits, gravel, orange zest and iron. Light to medium body with plenty of acidity. Light, lean and earthy. Strawberry, blood orange, herbs and pepper on the palate. Moderate length on the finish. Interesting wine and I am not sure I would identify it as a Carignane in a blind tasting. Certainly made in a lighter style with a subdued fruit profile. Best over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 88 points.
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Sandlands fared well in The 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.