2018 Sandlands Contra Costa County Carignane


Tegan Passalacqua is the Director of Winemaking for Turley Cellars. Sandlands is his personal project with his wife Olivia Passalacqua.

This is a highly allocated wine from a vineyard in Contra Costa planted in the 1920s. Medium-bodied with hints of sun ripened peach, cranberry, dried fennel and graphite with suave, structured tannins. Only 6 barrels produced!

Sustainable Farming Practices.

*Carignane is a medium-bodied red, perfect for those who like the flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon but necessarily the bold tannins that come with it. It is very food-friendly, great with any sort of poultry dish.

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Sandlands is the personal project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. The line-up encompasses the forgotten classic California varieties, primarily grown in decomposed granite (sand), from regions and vineyards that have been farmed for many generations but have remained the outliers of California viticulture.

Tegan, a Napa Valley native, got his start in the wine industry working in winery labs in Napa. He has worked in the cellars of Craggy Range in New Zealand with Doug Wisor, with Eben Sadie in the Swartland of South Africa, and with Alain and Maxime Graillot in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. For the past eleven years, he has worked for Turley Wine Cellars, working his way up from harvest intern to Winemaker/Vineyard Manager.

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