September 18, 2020 - Really hit the spot tonight. Crunchy tart cherries, raspberries, and a slightly bitter finish that works well with this wine. Medium bodied, ample acidity, low alcohol, but plenty of fruit. Gotta love it. Nice work Teagan. Drinking very well right now but should hold and even improve some with addiitonal age.
August 23, 2020 - Savory nose with baking spices. Light/medium bodied, medium acid, red fruited. As will most (all?) Sandlands, I'm most impressed with how Tegan achieves ripeness with low alcohol. Especially for California! How?
December 14, 2019 - Reddish purple. A: gorgeous lightly smoky red plum and black raspberry fruit. F: salted plums and black/deep dark red fruit, concentrated yet lifted. Beautiful stuff. Wish I had more!
Now at 3-4 years in bottle, this is really drinking beautifully and integrated. No historical knowledge on how long this window lasts...
August 12, 2019 - Nice, light bodied red that manages to have a silky richness on the palate. Earthy balanced with fruit. In a really nice spot. #WishIhadmore
May 23, 2019 - Fantastic showing. Cohesive, structure is still a touch grippy. Very light on its feet. Great mouthfeel. Fresh fruit and citrus, herbs. Balanced. This man has a touch. Took an hour to reach this spot. Great spot. Love it. Don’t be afraid to open and let it breath. Still has legs if you wanna wait.
April 27, 2019 - Typical aromas, with a lean & lighter style and not the most complexity. I may prefer this grape with a little more ripeness. Curious to try the other vintages of Sandlands. A bright summer red.
April 15, 2019 - 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.
February 7, 2019 - A bit of sulfur funk on the nose that blows off quickly. Palate of crunchy and juicy sour cherry. Simple, easy drinking stuff. My 1st Sandlands red...still on the fence regarding ordering more off the new release after this one.
February 6, 2019 - Splashed several ounces into my glass to air it out, and lit sit for 30 minutes before I even tasted it. Vivid aromas of crushed red raspberry fruit combined with overtones of dusty, scrub land on a hot day. On the palate there was a sense of the wildness of Carignan, but the edges were sanded off. Served with a basic, local-ingredient beef stew it was an excellent combination. The stew kept the tannins at bay, and the herbal/briary nuances of the wine played off the food.
No rush to drink up, as there is lots of fruit, and a solid tannic base.
February 5, 2019 - Faint H2S on the nose after opening and it stuck around. Not noticeable on the palate. Tart not a lot of complexity. It opened up after a day with sour cherry with some richness. Medium to light body.