4h decanting, fully opened up after a few more minutes in the glass. Lively and at a great point but has potential for another 5 y. of aging. Black tea, tar, dry red berries and spices — 8 days ago
Great red with finesse and complexity — 2 months ago
Tobacco, rolled cigar, stewed cherry, warm spice. Drinks like a Bordeaux 4 times the price. Extraordinary, silky, perfectly balanced. — 9 days ago
Really, really savory and tasty. I can see why some call this the Chateau Musar or South America. Nothing like a normal Malbec...nor is it particularly similar to Cahors. It’s in a league of its own.
millennialwinegeek.com — a month ago
Better than expected. Over preforming entry-level wine — 3 months ago
Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m a massive fan of Chateau Musar and a big fan of Tegan’s work with his Sandlands wines. I’m a buyer for both each and every year. So when I learned that he had modeled the 2018 “Red Table Wine” after the wines from Musar, I was like, “Abso-effing-lutely”!! A few nights ago, I couldn’t resist pulling the cork on one to give it the old college try (it is so young after all). I’m happy to report that the wine is tasty and does remind me a bit of Musar, even though the blend uses Zinfandel instead of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s quite reticent at this stage and it evolved at a glacial pace over four days. A mix of dark and red fruits with exotic spices, red rope licorice and coffee. As typical of Sandlands wines, this gained weight with air and the higher acid gives it a lot of energy. Today, I think these drink best with a meal. I intend to hold my remaining bottle for at least a few years. Equal parts Cinsault (Bechthold Vineyard 1886), Carignane (Spenker Ranch 1900) and Zinfandel (Kirschenmann Vineyard 1915). — 3 months ago