Sandlands

California Chenin Blanc

9.120 ratings
9.04 pro ratings
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

This is my last bottle of the the 2016 Chenin Blanc “California” designation. We consumed this alongside the 2016 Huet Vouvray “Le Mont” Sec, you know, for fun! This wine pours a bright golden color with medium viscosity. The nose is mostly honeyed with white flowers. On the palate, quince, a touch of lime and a whole sheared sheep full of lanolin; more than any Chenin I can readily recall. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium acid? I dunno, it’s kinda sneaky and might be closer to Medium+ but it doesn’t seem to have the acid that more recent vintages of Sandlands Chenin. Still, very tasty and seemed pretty young FWIW.

This is my last bottle of the the 2016 Chenin Blanc “California” designation. We consumed this alongside the 2016 Huet Vouvray “Le Mont” Sec, you know, for fun! This wine pours a bright golden color with medium viscosity. The nose is mostly honeyed with white flowers. On the palate, quince, a touch of lime and a whole sheared sheep full of lanolin; more than any Chenin I can readily recall. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium acid? I dunno, it’s kinda sneaky and might be closer to Medium+ but it doesn’t seem to have the acid that more recent vintages of Sandlands Chenin. Still, very tasty and seemed pretty young FWIW.

Nov 28th, 2021
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
Stephen Redenbaugh

True guilty pleasure. A wine this inexpensive shouldn’t make me smile this much! Clean, crisp, dry, simple, simple fun... with or without food. Lemon-lime, a bit of funk, touch of wooly lanolin, nice acid still driving the fruit towards that wonderful, long, lingering finish. Tegan... full props for keeping this wine affordable if still impossible to find apart from the list.

True guilty pleasure. A wine this inexpensive shouldn’t make me smile this much! Clean, crisp, dry, simple, simple fun... with or without food. Lemon-lime, a bit of funk, touch of wooly lanolin, nice acid still driving the fruit towards that wonderful, long, lingering finish. Tegan... full props for keeping this wine affordable if still impossible to find apart from the list.

May 29th, 2020
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
Scott Vignos

Beeswax, apple peel, lanolin. A bliss inducing Chenin.

Beeswax, apple peel, lanolin. A bliss inducing Chenin.

Dec 9th, 2018
Adam Wills

Second bottle of 2016. Drank the first one in a rush with 2 others. Drinking this with more patience. As this comes closer to room temp we both agree. Cartoon levels of saline, black cherry, granite, and as Sandlands says “suave structure”. Is this just awesome integration of new oak? Shoulda held on for a few more years but whatevs. Seeking joy. ❤️

Second bottle of 2016. Drank the first one in a rush with 2 others. Drinking this with more patience. As this comes closer to room temp we both agree. Cartoon levels of saline, black cherry, granite, and as Sandlands says “suave structure”. Is this just awesome integration of new oak? Shoulda held on for a few more years but whatevs. Seeking joy. ❤️

Jul 30th, 2018
Howard Roselinsky

Salinity mixed with bright apple and unripe pear notes. This didn’t deliver the acid bite I pulled the wine for, and therefore didn’t match the food as one would like.

Salinity mixed with bright apple and unripe pear notes. This didn’t deliver the acid bite I pulled the wine for, and therefore didn’t match the food as one would like.

May 20th, 2018
Alexander Vadas

Great salinity and balance

Great salinity and balance

Apr 29th, 2018
Chris Grimm

Coconut, pineapple, oak, tropical fruit, confectioner's sugar, more full bodied.

Coconut, pineapple, oak, tropical fruit, confectioner's sugar, more full bodied.

Mar 23rd, 2018
Brendan Baker

New vintage, still 🔥🔥🔥

New vintage, still 🔥🔥🔥

Mar 14th, 2018