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Red

2011 Two Shepherds Pastoral Rouge

California Red Rhone Blend more

12/10/2013 - MSPWineGuy Likes this wine: 91 points

Clear, med ruby color to a clear rim, med minus color concentration but viscosity is med plus. No staining. Nose is medium plus, warm raspberries, fresh strawberries, fresh blackberries. Lavender, sage, dried grasses, sandalwood. Palate is dry, confirms raspberries, strawberries and slightly underripe blackberries. Sage, mint, a touch of eucalyptus. Med plus acid, med to med minus body, med plus finish. A beautiful wine definitely outside the mold of most Rhones from the region. Light, easily drinkable and a superb food wine.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:52:00 AM - thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the wine and the style, cheers!

Red

2011 Two Shepherds Grenache Saralee's Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

9/12/2013 - ultramarathoner Likes this wine: 93 points

Elegant, balanced, refined. Almost Pinot-like. Best American Grenache along with The Sandler Boer vineyard. Beautiful bottle.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:48:00 AM - thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the wine. In my opinion the 2012 is even better, hope you will try some, sadly only 40 cases in 2012.

White

2012 Two Shepherds Pastoral Blanc Saralee's Vineyard

Russian River Valley White Rhone Blend more

4/2/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

#RRSFBAY (Washington, DC): Clean and fresh on the notes, with peach, green apple, saline note. On the palate, crisp but creamy with whipped honey and sea salt notes. Light and crisp but not weak. I get some interesting waxy-walnut notes, maybe some white tea with honey. A blend of 50% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne, 10% Viognier and 5% Grenache Blanc, fermented and aged in neutral oak. A bit more depth than I remember from the 2011.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:46:00 AM - thanks for the tasting notes, glad you enjoyed the wine. It's a baby still, designed to go many years in the bottle, and will continue to gain complexity, aroma, depth.

White

2012 Two Shepherds Pastoral Blanc Saralee's Vineyard

Russian River Valley White Rhone Blend more

4/6/2014 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine: 90 points

2014 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting: Pale yellow gold color with restrained peach, melon, and honeysuckle aromas. On the palate, it approaches medium-bodied, is well structured and fresh with an alluring creamy texture. It shows peach, apricot, spice and a hint of tropical flavors. Blend of 50% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne, 10% Viognier and 5% Grenache Blanc. Aged 4-8 months in neutral oak, 4 months on lees. 13.8% alcohol. 105 cases produced. SRP = $28. Serve between 50-55 to maximize enjoyment of aromas and flavors.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:45:00 AM - thanks for the tasting notes Martin, glad you enjoyed the wine. It's a baby still, designed to go many years in the bottle, and will continue to gain complexity.

White

2012 Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc Saarloos Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

3/2/2014 - MSPWineGuy Likes this wine: 90 points

Don't have a ton of experience with straight Grenache Blanc, but this one's clean, broad palate with great structure and fresh fruit makes me want to explore more of them.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:41:00 AM - glad you enjoyed it. I think as you explore CA Grenache Blanc, you'll find it's a bit unique in style :)

White

2012 Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc Saarloos Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

3/14/2014 - rrschrumjr Likes this wine: 87 points

Did not take formal notes. A bit restrained and timid, especially on the nose; would've liked more fruit. Did open up over time. Nice acidity, but I could've used even more. I might recommend letting this one breathe, as the last glass was better than the first -- more fruit, more revealing aroma, sharper acidity.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:39:00 AM - glad you enjoyed the wine. I do let the wine go through full ML as I feel it contributes to the unique style and softens the acidity a bit, contributes to mouthfeel. Its ~3.3 pH even after ML :)
    Many feel the same, its better with air, or 2nd day, and if you age it, gains considerable complexity.

White

2012 Two Shepherds Grenache Blanc Saarloos Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

4/2/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

#RRSFBAY (Washington, DC): Aromas of seashell, green apple, some papaya, white flowers, sea salt and an herbal tea note. On the palate, this is creamy but so fresh from the acid. Tart green apple, green melon and lychee flavors mix with mineral and all sorts of sea shells. Long, but fresh and lean, showing lots of nuance.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:37:00 AM - thanks for the notes Isaac, glad you enjoyed the GB!

Red

2011 Two Shepherds Syrah | Mourvedre

California Red Rhone Blend more

3/28/2014 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine: 92 points

A Taste of Two Shepherds: Ruby color with expansive blackberry, black currant, spice and a hint of black licorice aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, and harmonious with a bit of grip that I enjoyed. It shows fresh blackberry, black raspberry, plum and spice flavors. Long finish. Blend of 55% Syrah (Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley), and 45% Mourvèdre (El Dorado) Aged 10 months in neutral French oak. 13.8% alcohol. SRP - $38. 40 cases produced

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    4/9/2014 10:35:00 AM - Martin, delighted you liked the wine, thanks for sharing notes.

Red

2010 Bonny Doon Vineyard Grenache Clos de Gilroy

Central Coast more

3/24/2012 - christophee Does not like this wine: 74 points

Garnet with medium viscosity in the glass. Candied nose of oak, cherry and stewed plum and red fruit. Medium body with preponderate oak on the palate. Stewed cherry and red fruit. Med-short finish. Showing fake to me.

  • Comment posted by SonomaWilliam:

    3/11/2013 10:46:00 PM - 74 points? thats a bit extreme, would indicate a flawed wine.

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