Sandlands Trousseau 2021 92VM
92 pts Vinous Galloni
The 2021 Trousseau (Sonoma County), from Bohan, is laced with sweet dried cherry, mint, tobacco, cedar and dried flowers. Whole clusters lend tons of savory complexity and a bit of gentle tannic grip, too. Ethereal and gracious, the Trousseau is nuanced and very, very pretty. - By Antonio Galloni on January 2023
This is a stellar set of wines from Sandlands and Tegan Passalacqua. The 2021s are superb across the board. Given a smaller range in 2020, Passalacqua bounced back with his largest collection ever in 2021. Hopefully, that means these small-production wines should be a bit easier to find. Passalacqua sources from several heritage vineyards. All the wines in this range are single-vineyard offerings but labeled under county designations. “It’s a bit old-school, but that’s how wines were labeled when I was a kid,” Passalacqua explains. As always, the wines are done in a style that favors energy and freshness. The reds see 100% stem inclusion (except as noted) and are aged in neutral oak. The 2020s are solid across the board but naturally reflect the limitations of a challenging year marked by intense heat, drought, and wildfires. I find these artisan wines consistently engaging and beautiful as they show respect for California’s rich viticultural history but in a quite contemporary style.