2019 Sandlands Lodi Red Blend
This wine is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Carignane, and Zinfandel from three different vineyards in Lodi. It shows high-toned aromatics on the nose, followed by a layered palate laden with granular tannins, nice acid, and a smooth finish. Sandlands’ wines are made in very small quantities – we were only able to get our hands on 12 bottles of this gem!
Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking for Turley Cellars. Sandlands is his passion project with his wife Olivia.
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Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. The line-up encompasses the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite (sand), from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture.
Tegan, a Napa Valley native, got his start in the wine industry working in winery labs in Napa. He has worked in the cellars of Craggy Range in New Zealand with Doug Wisor, with Eben Sadie in the Swartland of South Africa, and with Alain and Maxime Graillot in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. For the past eleven years, he has worked for Turley Wine Cellars, working his way up from harvest intern to Winemaker/Vineyard Manager.