Sandlands

Lodi Chenin Blanc

9.018 ratings
8.96 pro ratings
Lodi, Central Valley, 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

Popped and poured. White flowers, lanolin, honey, stone fruits, melon, a touch of citrus. This comes across as medium acid...which I have to say, I expect more from Chenin, but this works with aplomb. Maybe the acid is sneaky hidden? The finish is long...so maybe it’s there? Anyway, this ranks as one of the best wines made in Lodi. Massive props to Tegan and Olivia.

Popped and poured. White flowers, lanolin, honey, stone fruits, melon, a touch of citrus. This comes across as medium acid...which I have to say, I expect more from Chenin, but this works with aplomb. Maybe the acid is sneaky hidden? The finish is long...so maybe it’s there? Anyway, this ranks as one of the best wines made in Lodi. Massive props to Tegan and Olivia.

Apr 11th, 2021
Jay Kline

My first 2018 Chenin Blanc from Sandlands (not sure how I was so patient to leave one of these until now). Typical of this project, the ABV is very modest at 12%. Popped and poured; consumed over two days with consistent experiences both nights. On the nose, soft white flowers, slightly underripe pear, honeysuckle and lime. Just the slightest touch wooly. On the palate, it’s pear, lime and chamomile. Acid is high but not bracing. Nice, almost creamy finish. Overall, this is balanced and technically very good, straight down the line Chenin Blanc and paired amazingly well with bacon wrapped scallops. Yet, I just wasn’t as excited about this effort compared to previous vintages. The fruit for this bottle was sourced from their estate vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA which is a relatively recent addition within the larger Lodi AVA. I’m not sure how old this fruit is but I sort of get the sense that the best is yet to come from these vines. Still, very tasty and technically excellent.

My first 2018 Chenin Blanc from Sandlands (not sure how I was so patient to leave one of these until now). Typical of this project, the ABV is very modest at 12%. Popped and poured; consumed over two days with consistent experiences both nights. On the nose, soft white flowers, slightly underripe pear, honeysuckle and lime. Just the slightest touch wooly. On the palate, it’s pear, lime and chamomile. Acid is high but not bracing. Nice, almost creamy finish. Overall, this is balanced and technically very good, straight down the line Chenin Blanc and paired amazingly well with bacon wrapped scallops. Yet, I just wasn’t as excited about this effort compared to previous vintages. The fruit for this bottle was sourced from their estate vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA which is a relatively recent addition within the larger Lodi AVA. I’m not sure how old this fruit is but I sort of get the sense that the best is yet to come from these vines. Still, very tasty and technically excellent.

Aug 11th, 2020
Matt Lasater

Great balance of acidity, fruit, aroma, and texture. Love the phenolic line running throughout the palate and closing firm on the finish. ML and lees have added just enough richness. In right hands whites from Mediterranean climates can be so alluring.

Great balance of acidity, fruit, aroma, and texture. Love the phenolic line running throughout the palate and closing firm on the finish. ML and lees have added just enough richness. In right hands whites from Mediterranean climates can be so alluring.

Jun 28th, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.1

Anjou like

Anjou like

May 4th, 2020
Andrew

I’ve loved previous vintages of this, but 2017 has let me down. I find it unbalanced toward cream and I oak.

I’ve loved previous vintages of this, but 2017 has let me down. I find it unbalanced toward cream and I oak.

Mar 21st, 2020
Randy Fillingim

One of the best CB out of California. small producer. @ the balance of fruit and tannins is near perfect. nice acidity clean in the mouth. And a good after taste I will order more if I can. 

One of the best CB out of California. small producer. @ the balance of fruit and tannins is near perfect. nice acidity clean in the mouth. And a good after taste I will order more if I can. 

Jan 29th, 2021
Chris Grimm

Delicious as always.

Delicious as always.

Aug 25th, 2020
Brendan Baker

😍😍😍

😍😍😍

May 25th, 2020
Martin Sher

Restrained for me - subtle fruit, maybe too whispered.

Restrained for me - subtle fruit, maybe too whispered.

May 19th, 2020
Chris Grimm

Lemon meringue with a kiss of powdered sugar. Love the body, and the acidity balances everything out nicely. Love this wine year after year.

Lemon meringue with a kiss of powdered sugar. Love the body, and the acidity balances everything out nicely. Love this wine year after year.

Mar 16th, 2020