Two Shepherds Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley 2022

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Two Shepherds Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley 2022
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Country USA
Region California
Appellation/Sub-Region Russian River Valley
Grapes Trousseau Gris
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine

Sonoma County, California’s Two Shepherds was started by one shepherd, our friend William Allen, in 2010, when he decided to make the leap from small-batch hobby winemaking in his garage to a full-time commercial operation in a real cellar. Five short years later, he’d grow from a 175-case annual production to more than 1,000 cases a year, expand his focus on Rhône grapes only to include all sorts of less-common west coast varieties, and be joined by shepherd number two, his partner Karen Daenen (along with two Australian shepherds, two cats, four goats and three mini-Sicilian donkeys). Today, they lease several micro-sized organic vineyard plots--some just a few rows-worth--and manage a small estate vineyard from which they hand harvest, foot stomp and ferment memorable, textural, French-inspired wines with native yeast and no additions save for a scant amount of sulfur. This bright copper-colored may be their most unique bottling to date: Made from the only known California planting of trousseau gris, a super rare variety native to France’s Jura region, it’s an unfined and unfiltered, juicy and somewhat savory expression that exudes flavors of under-ripe apricot, white nectarine and white tea. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine.