Grape: Cinsault, Carignane, Zinfandel
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Mint, Sweet Tobacco, Blueberry
Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan is a Napa Valley native and director of winemaking at Turley Wine Cellars since 2013. The name Sandlands comes from the fact that Passalacqua's grapes mostly are grown in sandy regions and without irrigation -- a nod back to the roots of California winemaking.
Delicious, complex red blend with brisk acidity and just the right amount of tannins. Lots of structure and depth as well. Think Beaujolais or a beautifiul bistro wine. Bright and fresh on the palate with flavors of cool crunchy red and blue fruits. crushed flowers, cranberry, black tea, apricot, sweet tobacco, herbs, and earth. Finishes dry and clean. Superb with red wine braised short ribs.