TN: 2016 Sandlands Mataro (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

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#1 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 14th, 2018, 4:29 am

2016 Sandlands Mataro - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (9/13/2018)
Wonderful bottle that had fresh, dark berry fruit, a little bit of brambly, brushy, herbal, dusty going on as well, and a very easy to drink style. In the 13% alcohol range, this also, with its good balance, had no issue pairing with some moderately (or more) spicy Chinese dishes. I am very happy to have several more.

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#2 Post by Greg Hirson » September 14th, 2018, 8:43 am

All of the red wines from Sandlands have been very good but I think the Mataro may be my favorite. Always so juicy and enjoyable. Drinking them always puts a smile on my face.
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#3 Post by Drew Goin » December 6th, 2018, 1:49 pm

I cannot believe that I am just now seeing this!

Thanks for the tasting note, David!


I wouldn't think a Sandlands red wine would be ready so early to drink...

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#4 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 6th, 2018, 2:01 pm

I have not yet tasted a Sandlands that was not approachable.

Ready is a subjective term that implies several different things.
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#5 Post by Markus S » December 6th, 2018, 4:21 pm

Drew Goin wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 1:49 pm
I wouldn't think a Sandlands red wine would be ready so early to drink...
They're really quite accessible and made in a style which doesn't demand aging.
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#6 Post by Drew Goin » December 7th, 2018, 10:10 pm

Markus S wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Drew Goin wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 1:49 pm
I wouldn't think a Sandlands red wine would be ready so early to drink...
They're really quite accessible and made in a style which doesn't demand aging.

Hmm... [scratch.gif]


Almost every tasting note I have read of Sandlands' red wines, from the Carignan to the Trousseau, have encouraged additional age.

My sole tasting of the Sandlands '13 "Mendocino" Carignan was PnP (then again a day or two later). It was not good to go! Plus, I don't have many bottles to pop just to see whether or not they're drinking well yet.



Perhaps the CoCo bottlings are more accessible...?

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#7 Post by Drew Goin » December 7th, 2018, 10:16 pm

By the way, I found a cool podcast featuring Mr Tegan Passalacqua if you would like to hear his thoughts on the Wine making scene, Turley & Sandlands, etc:


The Inside Winemaking Podcast with Jim Duane
Ep. 050: "Tegan Passalacqua - Turley and Sandlands"
May 3, 2017


https://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-insi ... sandlands/

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#8 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 8th, 2018, 12:30 am

Overall I thinks folks are always hoping for “more” in wines, so they look to further aging.

That may work, but it does lose sight of current charms.
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#9 Post by Drew Goin » December 8th, 2018, 2:04 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 12:30 am
Overall I thinks folks are always hoping for “more” in wines, so they look to further aging.

That may work, but it does lose sight of current charms.

True. Very true.

I have had more than a few bottles that I held onto for too long in hopes that something extra might develop, when the wine was fine in its earlier state. The Sandlands bottle I had really did not give up the goods when I popped it within a short time of receipt, so I crossed my fingers and tucked all of my bottles away.

Maybe I oughtta just open one soon and see what happens.

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#10 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 8th, 2018, 5:21 am

But you do not say which wine, which vintage. Maybe it gave you all it had, but you expected something else.
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#11 Post by Brian Gilp » December 8th, 2018, 6:01 am

I drink a fair amount of Sandlands and generally prefer a few years of age on them but agree that they generally show well early. I stopped taking notes years ago but this is one cases where I wish I hadn’t as I don’t really know which specific wines benefit most from some extra time in bottle and which don’t. All I know is that most of the wow bottles have had more years on them and when we open multiple vintages at once it’s rarely the younger bottles that are preferred.

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#12 Post by Drew Goin » December 9th, 2018, 11:46 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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But you do not say which wine, which vintage. Maybe it gave you all it had, but you expected something else.
David, I am guessing you are asking me...

I have only popped the '13 "Mendo" Carignan. I have held on to my subsequent purchases. I have the '13 Carignan, the '15 & '16 "Cali" & "CoCo" Carignan bottlings, as well as the "CoCo" & "San Benito" Mataro.


Edit: I just opened the '15 "Contra Costa" Mataro. Will report back on my impressions.

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#13 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » December 10th, 2018, 12:27 am

Even “ready” Carignan isn’t particularly generous. It’s not that kind of grape.
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#14 Post by Drew Goin » December 10th, 2018, 7:46 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 10th, 2018, 12:27 am
Even “ready” Carignan isn’t particularly generous. It’s not that kind of grape.


*Blasphemy!!!*

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