Sandlands

Amador County Mission

9.17 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Mission
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9.4

A gift from the past becomes magic of the present, in the hands of @ownrooted. This is a pitch-perfect interpretation of Pais / Listan Prieto, the grape brought north from Mexico by Franciscan friars and planted so religiously (had to do it) at the outposts they established that it simply became known as the Mission grape. At its best, and make no mistake, this bottle is among that company, it offers bright strawberry and sour cherry fruit married to dried floral and herbal notes and shot through with electric minerality. Unbelievably refreshing and delicious. These bottle are crazy scarce, I think my annual allocation as a long time mailing list member is merely one (1), but if you can get your hands on one, it will be worth it.

A gift from the past becomes magic of the present, in the hands of @ownrooted. This is a pitch-perfect interpretation of Pais / Listan Prieto, the grape brought north from Mexico by Franciscan friars and planted so religiously (had to do it) at the outposts they established that it simply became known as the Mission grape. At its best, and make no mistake, this bottle is among that company, it offers bright strawberry and sour cherry fruit married to dried floral and herbal notes and shot through with electric minerality. Unbelievably refreshing and delicious. These bottle are crazy scarce, I think my annual allocation as a long time mailing list member is merely one (1), but if you can get your hands on one, it will be worth it.

Sep 4th, 2021
Brent Clayton

Didn’t know what to expect. Nice vibrant red fruits and good acid. Crushable red. Fun to try.

Didn’t know what to expect. Nice vibrant red fruits and good acid. Crushable red. Fun to try.

Oct 8th, 2020
Jay Kline

My first experience with a wine made from the Mission grape which was brought to California from Spain in the mid/late 19th century. The vineyard that Sandlands sources its fruit from is the Deaver Ranch where the vines were planted in 1854 and thought to be some of the oldest vines in California! It pours a very light ruby color, almost like a dark rosé really. On the nose, it’s not terribly expressive but there is a light touch of fig and some red fruits; raspberries and cherries. On the palate, this is a very juicy wine with raspberries, cherries and rhubarb. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of structure with this bottle showing modest tannin and medium-low acid. Finish is clean and satisfying. One feels as though they are drinking history with a wine like this; certainly fun to try. Only two barrels were produced in 2018.

My first experience with a wine made from the Mission grape which was brought to California from Spain in the mid/late 19th century. The vineyard that Sandlands sources its fruit from is the Deaver Ranch where the vines were planted in 1854 and thought to be some of the oldest vines in California! It pours a very light ruby color, almost like a dark rosé really. On the nose, it’s not terribly expressive but there is a light touch of fig and some red fruits; raspberries and cherries. On the palate, this is a very juicy wine with raspberries, cherries and rhubarb. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of structure with this bottle showing modest tannin and medium-low acid. Finish is clean and satisfying. One feels as though they are drinking history with a wine like this; certainly fun to try. Only two barrels were produced in 2018.

1 person found it helpfulSep 5th, 2020
Michael L S

I liked this better than the 17. This wine resembles a jura red but its texturally unctuous and has an intriguing mix of red fruit and citrus peel. Admittedly my experience with California mission is limited but I thought this was quite good.

I liked this better than the 17. This wine resembles a jura red but its texturally unctuous and has an intriguing mix of red fruit and citrus peel. Admittedly my experience with California mission is limited but I thought this was quite good.

Sep 15th, 2021
Taylar Hart

A bit simple. Reminded my of the Broc Cellars wine of the same name. Kind of a one note cherry with just a tad bit of earthiness that lends it a round and savory vibe.

A bit simple. Reminded my of the Broc Cellars wine of the same name. Kind of a one note cherry with just a tad bit of earthiness that lends it a round and savory vibe.

Aug 4th, 2020
Robert Rothfield

Ok, WOW! For an oddball grape variety and an off the radar vineyard. , this is awesome...light and energetic, with cherry and hibiscus overtones.....should have bought more

Ok, WOW! For an oddball grape variety and an off the radar vineyard. , this is awesome...light and energetic, with cherry and hibiscus overtones.....should have bought more

Mar 30th, 2020
Andrew Holloway

Andrew had this 2 years ago

Andrew had this 2 years ago

May 31st, 2020
Caleb Krell

Caleb had this a year ago

Caleb had this a year ago

Jan 30th, 2021