Sandlands

Amador County Chenin Blanc

9.2727 ratings
9.2294 pro ratings
Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Opened about an hour before our Thanksgiving dinner; a preamble of sorts. At these early stages, the 2020 Amador County is like a laser beam of lemon citrus. Yes, there are lemon blossoms and minerals too. The acid is racy and there is a bit of a wooly texture too. Exciting now due to its youthful energy but should be fun for several years to come.

Opened about an hour before our Thanksgiving dinner; a preamble of sorts. At these early stages, the 2020 Amador County is like a laser beam of lemon citrus. Yes, there are lemon blossoms and minerals too. The acid is racy and there is a bit of a wooly texture too. Exciting now due to its youthful energy but should be fun for several years to come.

Nov 24th, 2022
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.1

I had this two years ago and it tasted like alcohol and water. Wierd for a 12% abv wine? Now it’s pretty special. Beaming with acidity and really pretty stone fruit. Shows varietal character but not too cheesie like chenin can be. Reminds me of a boudignon Anjou or so. Really nice teagen!!!!

I had this two years ago and it tasted like alcohol and water. Wierd for a 12% abv wine? Now it’s pretty special. Beaming with acidity and really pretty stone fruit. Shows varietal character but not too cheesie like chenin can be. Reminds me of a boudignon Anjou or so. Really nice teagen!!!!

Oct 7th, 2022
Craig Haarmeyer

Legit

Feb 13th, 2022
David Shaw

And another tasting of the same vintage. Gotta get me more wines to taste, methinks

And another tasting of the same vintage. Gotta get me more wines to taste, methinks

Feb 7th, 2022
David Shaw

Second tasting of vintage

Second tasting of vintage

Jan 24th, 2022
David Shaw

Pale yellow, excellent clarity. Sun dried linen aroma, though less intense than in previous vintages. Lemon and nectarine flavors, slightly tart. Mellows after an hour decanting with chalky mouthfeel on finish. Pairs surprisingly well with hummus and salmon with mint-cacao nib sauce.

Pale yellow, excellent clarity. Sun dried linen aroma, though less intense than in previous vintages. Lemon and nectarine flavors, slightly tart. Mellows after an hour decanting with chalky mouthfeel on finish. Pairs surprisingly well with hummus and salmon with mint-cacao nib sauce.

Dec 14th, 2021
Jay Kline

Popped and poured. The 2019 Amador County is energy in a bottle. Deep straw bordering light golden color. Medium viscosity. Medium+ intensity. Generous fruit with bright notes of yellow apple, quince, passion fruit, white flowers, ginger, and persimmon. On the palate, the wine is dry with ripping acid. Confirmed the tart yellow apples which are joined by San Pellegrino-like minerals and lanolin. A wine of lovely texture. The finish is long and immensely satisfying. This is my favorite Sandlands Chenin to-date; checking off so many boxes.

Popped and poured. The 2019 Amador County is energy in a bottle. Deep straw bordering light golden color. Medium viscosity. Medium+ intensity. Generous fruit with bright notes of yellow apple, quince, passion fruit, white flowers, ginger, and persimmon. On the palate, the wine is dry with ripping acid. Confirmed the tart yellow apples which are joined by San Pellegrino-like minerals and lanolin. A wine of lovely texture. The finish is long and immensely satisfying. This is my favorite Sandlands Chenin to-date; checking off so many boxes.

Dec 7th, 2021
Lee Lightfoot

Bright young and fresh a lot of lactic butterscotch richer than other vintages

Bright young and fresh a lot of lactic butterscotch richer than other vintages

Sep 12th, 2021
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

With five and change years on it, this wine is beginning its transformation. What were bright and juicy lemon and quince in youth are starting to take on more steely, herbal notes as savory and saline elements come to the fore. The color, if anything is even more youthful than before, holding a greenish tinge along with its blonde highlights. Killer acidity still reigns supreme here for complete refreshment. Gonna save a bottle or two and see where it goes in another 5 years.

With five and change years on it, this wine is beginning its transformation. What were bright and juicy lemon and quince in youth are starting to take on more steely, herbal notes as savory and saline elements come to the fore. The color, if anything is even more youthful than before, holding a greenish tinge along with its blonde highlights. Killer acidity still reigns supreme here for complete refreshment. Gonna save a bottle or two and see where it goes in another 5 years.

Apr 29th, 2021
Jay Kline

On the nose, orange and lime zest and wet stone. On the palate, citrus, minerals and lanolin. Crushable and yet, serious. These Chenin’s from Sandlands are so dope. A lovely first salvo for Thanksgiving.

On the nose, orange and lime zest and wet stone. On the palate, citrus, minerals and lanolin. Crushable and yet, serious. These Chenin’s from Sandlands are so dope. A lovely first salvo for Thanksgiving.

Nov 26th, 2020