Sandlands

California Chenin Blanc

9.176 ratings
9.115 pro ratings
California, USA
Chenin Blanc
Top Notes For
David Shaw

Second tasting. Yellow in color, excellent clarity. Linen, lemon custard, stone fruit and honeydew melon notes in nose, even when just opened and over chilled. Lemon curd followed by ripe peach-apricot flavors, creamy tart finish with some skin astringency. After 60 minutes, ripe orange flavors emerge in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, this wine really shows why everyone should consider drinking more American Chenin Blanc. Thank you Sandlands! Fragrant yet subtly flavorful, and a fine exemplar of what this variety can be in a white table wine.

Second tasting. Yellow in color, excellent clarity. Linen, lemon custard, stone fruit and honeydew melon notes in nose, even when just opened and over chilled. Lemon curd followed by ripe peach-apricot flavors, creamy tart finish with some skin astringency. After 60 minutes, ripe orange flavors emerge in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, this wine really shows why everyone should consider drinking more American Chenin Blanc. Thank you Sandlands! Fragrant yet subtly flavorful, and a fine exemplar of what this variety can be in a white table wine.

Aug 21st, 2019
David Shaw

First allocation bottle I’ve opened. Lemon and fresh linen notes in nose. (I was skeptical about linen aroma mentioned by others, but yes, they were accurate. Does anyone remember what line-dried linens smell like?) Very crisp, dry, creamy with lemon pulp and candied lemon skin flavors. Great potential as a food wine. Simple, well crafted. Later hints of melon and mint flavors emerge with rounded mouthfeel, slight astringency

First allocation bottle I’ve opened. Lemon and fresh linen notes in nose. (I was skeptical about linen aroma mentioned by others, but yes, they were accurate. Does anyone remember what line-dried linens smell like?) Very crisp, dry, creamy with lemon pulp and candied lemon skin flavors. Great potential as a food wine. Simple, well crafted. Later hints of melon and mint flavors emerge with rounded mouthfeel, slight astringency

Apr 9th, 2019
William Hughes

Clean linen, Meyer lemon, and merengue nose. Lemon curd and honeyed pineapple flavors. Creamy with building texture. The wine took a good thirty minutes to open up.

Clean linen, Meyer lemon, and merengue nose. Lemon curd and honeyed pineapple flavors. Creamy with building texture. The wine took a good thirty minutes to open up.

Apr 3rd, 2019
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.0

Not Vouvray, and that's OK.

Not Vouvray, and that's OK.

Jul 23rd, 2017
Chris Grimm

Good Lord, this is slaying. Took a while for the nose to open up, but it's gushing pineapple, vanilla, and spice. In the mouth, there's this absolutey delicious honeyed pineapple thing going on. Love the texture--creamy and delicious. Would pair amazingly with lobster & tarragon butter.

Good Lord, this is slaying. Took a while for the nose to open up, but it's gushing pineapple, vanilla, and spice. In the mouth, there's this absolutey delicious honeyed pineapple thing going on. Love the texture--creamy and delicious. Would pair amazingly with lobster & tarragon butter.

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2019
Les Huisman

Creamy. Lemon curd. So bright, with an underlying richness. Fantastic

Creamy. Lemon curd. So bright, with an underlying richness. Fantastic

Aug 8th, 2016
Paul Shaked

Very good structure and woodsy chenin

Very good structure and woodsy chenin

Jul 26th, 2016
Michael L S

Very delicious. Somewhat rounded, some savory minerality. Good acidity but not nearly as acid driven as some Chenin.

Very delicious. Somewhat rounded, some savory minerality. Good acidity but not nearly as acid driven as some Chenin.

Mar 2nd, 2019
Nathan Kandler

Winemaker Thomas Fogarty Winery

#hellachenin

#hellachenin

Jun 3rd, 2016
Joe Davant

White peaches, pineapple, honeydew melons and loads of minerals - chalky, wet rock etc. Subtle and not overblown by any means.

White peaches, pineapple, honeydew melons and loads of minerals - chalky, wet rock etc. Subtle and not overblown by any means.

Aug 17th, 2019