Sandlands 2013 Chenin Blanc Amador County

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, I noticed that Silverlake Wine just added a post that they received a limited amount of Sandlands wine.  I quickly dialed them up and ordered a few bottles.  Amongst the jewels I picked up were a couple of bottles of Sandlands 2013 Chenin Blanc.  According to the winery, the vines for the Chenin were planted in Amador County in 1979 and grown at 1500 feet in a mixture of iron rich volcanic, quartz, and decomposed granite soils.  The vineyard is head-trained, dry-farmed, and own rooted.  The result – an incredibly delicious Chenin Blanc!

Sandlands Chenin Blanc...we enjoyed it over a meal at the corkage free restaurant "A Food Affair"
Sandlands Chenin Blanc…we enjoyed it over a meal at the corkage-free restaurant “A Food Affair”

Sandlands Chenin Blanc has layers and layers of flavor.  There are floral notes along with tastes of tangerine, peach, and melon.  There is also vibrant acidity but the texture of the wine is the real showstopper, adding complexity that is hard to come by.  This is by far my favorite American Chenin Blanc…grab as many bottles as you can find!  (12.6% alcohol, $26)

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