Grape: Mataro (Mourvedre)
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Earth, Berry
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.
The 2018 San Benito Mataro, sourced from the Enz vineyard, planted in 1923, is medium to full bodied with bright acidity and good depth. Meaty on the palate, with concentrated red-fruit flavors as well as blood orange, anise and an earthy mix of fresh and cooked berries. The finish is long and savory. Try with a sausage stuffed peppers or grilled meat.