Sandlands

Contra Costa County Mataro

9.154 ratings
9.213 pro ratings
Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Mataro
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Part of a double-blind, side-by-side between the 2017 Once & Future Mataro, “Oakley Road” which also happens to be from Contra Costa County. Opened and allowed both bottles to slow-ox about three hours prior to our guests arriving. As typical with Sandlands wines, this was a pretty little thing to behold in the glass. Bright ruby with a magenta rim. The nose is vigorous with loads of fresh mixed fruits; drupes and stone fruits with a sort of middle eastern spice that immediately reminded me of the mandi rice dishes that use saffron, cumin and tumeric. Drop dead gorgeous! On the palate, fresh plums, dried herbs, a dash of pepper. The finish is long and tannic with great acid.

This is a slightly more faceted wine than the O&F at this stage. It can’t help but take over a room with its distinctive character and compelling energy. The vineyard was planted in the 1920's and only 4 barrels were produced. 13.9% alc.

Part of a double-blind, side-by-side between the 2017 Once & Future Mataro, “Oakley Road” which also happens to be from Contra Costa County. Opened and allowed both bottles to slow-ox about three hours prior to our guests arriving. As typical with Sandlands wines, this was a pretty little thing to behold in the glass. Bright ruby with a magenta rim. The nose is vigorous with loads of fresh mixed fruits; drupes and stone fruits with a sort of middle eastern spice that immediately reminded me of the mandi rice dishes that use saffron, cumin and tumeric. Drop dead gorgeous! On the palate, fresh plums, dried herbs, a dash of pepper. The finish is long and tannic with great acid.

This is a slightly more faceted wine than the O&F at this stage. It can’t help but take over a room with its distinctive character and compelling energy. The vineyard was planted in the 1920's and only 4 barrels were produced. 13.9% alc.

Dec 4th, 2020
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

8.9

Fleshed out quite a bit w air. Maybe I like these wines more than I thought. Still on the edge of shrill/underripe for me.

Fleshed out quite a bit w air. Maybe I like these wines more than I thought. Still on the edge of shrill/underripe for me.

Mar 11th, 2020
Levi Glenn

On the first crack it was bracingly tannic and thin on the mid, but with nice aromatics. Night two, mid-palate opened up tannins tamed down. Made a lot more sense. Really nice wine, young and needs some air.

On the first crack it was bracingly tannic and thin on the mid, but with nice aromatics. Night two, mid-palate opened up tannins tamed down. Made a lot more sense. Really nice wine, young and needs some air.

Apr 29th, 2019
Boxer Briefs

1929 planted, sand, 8 barrels, 200 cases? There is some acid and oak that are a bit upfront. Lay this wine down for years and come back to it.

1929 planted, sand, 8 barrels, 200 cases? There is some acid and oak that are a bit upfront. Lay this wine down for years and come back to it.

Oct 16th, 2018
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.0

Accessible yet has stuffing to age nicely for a decade. Dark cherries and aromatic spice, serious yet delicate tannins, interwoven acidity and a moreish finish.

Accessible yet has stuffing to age nicely for a decade. Dark cherries and aromatic spice, serious yet delicate tannins, interwoven acidity and a moreish finish.

May 5th, 2018
Jay Kline

Curiosity got the best of me so I had to open one. These are terribly primary at the moment but still, so much fun! Light ruby color. Beautifully scented. The purest of raspberries, blackberry pie and venison. Flavors are tart brambles and wet rocks. Somewhat reminiscent of a Cru Beaujolais. Lean. Fiercely tannic. Zippy acid. Seemed to gain strength over the two days that it was open. The future should be very bright.

Curiosity got the best of me so I had to open one. These are terribly primary at the moment but still, so much fun! Light ruby color. Beautifully scented. The purest of raspberries, blackberry pie and venison. Flavors are tart brambles and wet rocks. Somewhat reminiscent of a Cru Beaujolais. Lean. Fiercely tannic. Zippy acid. Seemed to gain strength over the two days that it was open. The future should be very bright.

Mar 19th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Has a nice bright acidity. The fruit is very dark (as expected for mourvedre) but it's also incredibly fresh. Reminds me a of a young grenache in it's freshness, but with a darker fruit profile and more weight on the palate. It will be interesting to see how this develops more character with time in the cellar.

Has a nice bright acidity. The fruit is very dark (as expected for mourvedre) but it's also incredibly fresh. Reminds me a of a young grenache in it's freshness, but with a darker fruit profile and more weight on the palate. It will be interesting to see how this develops more character with time in the cellar.

Jul 31st, 2017
Robert Rothfield

Bright cherries, with lithe body....nice

Bright cherries, with lithe body....nice

1 person found it helpfulJan 11th, 2018
Michael L S

Quite good.

Quite good.

Dec 27th, 2020
Michael L S

I think this is largely Oakley Road fruit. Nice mix of dark fruit and savory notes. Good acidity. Quite nice.

I think this is largely Oakley Road fruit. Nice mix of dark fruit and savory notes. Good acidity. Quite nice.

Aug 19th, 2019