I spent last week tasting my way through many wines in both Napa and Sonoma. While I definitely found a few noteworthy bottles I want to share with you, I am starting off with my favorite find of the trip…Two Shepherds.
William Allen is the winemaker and man behind Two Shepherds. He is also a wine writer and creator of the Simple Hedonisms wine blog. Two Shepherds exclusively features minimally manipulated Rhone varietals. Although Two Shepherds first vintage was released only last year, the wines are beautiful and expressive. William’s passion for Rhones shone through as we tasted his entire lineup.
I honestly enjoyed each one of his wines. Some of the wines need a little more time in the bottle to mature, but they are sure to age very well. Following are tasting notes for the Grenache Blanc and GSM Blend. If they sound like wines that fit your palate, do yourself a favor and order a few bottles. (By the way, a membership to “The Flock”, Two Shepherd’s wine club, would make an excellent Christmas gift for any wine lover!)
Two Shepherds 2011 Grenache Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)
Bright and lively with aromas of citrus and green apple. Racing acidity and flavors of pear, melon, lime and kiwi make this a wine I could sip any time. Pair with shellfish or soft cheeses. (13.8% alcohol, $24)
Two Shepherds 2010 GSM Red Blend (Russian River Valley)
The nose has notes of raspberry, strawberry, and hints of sweet tobacco. The wine is unfiltered and unfined with elegant tastes of red berries, tobacco, and black pepper. Round, soft tannins and bright acidity make this blend a great match grilled meats. ($13.8% alcohol, $32)