2014 Two Shepherds Grenache Rosé Ceja Farms
Third Rosé of the tasting is the Grenache Rosé from Two Shepherd Wines. Absolutely beautiful in color, completely different than the Tercero Wines and a deeper and darker color than the Scalon Cellars. Definitely showing that William's decision to leave the crushed grapes on the skins cold soaked for 48 hours. This Rosé was a deep rose pink almost magenta pink. Nose kept changing over the evening and even the next day. Straight out of the glass this wine attacked with strawberries and some white cherries. As it opened up there was a savory twist to it, very appealing for us. Moderate acidity (7/10), slightly less than the Tercero but was nicely balanced and in line with the moderate plus body. Beautiful texture and complexity. Acidity gripped the sides of your mouth mid palate and left you with a slight puckered feeling. Slightly dry finish that felt like it would not end. We enjoyed it best above fridge temperature, but give it a chance to warm up a little, the complexity continues to grow. Completely agree that we need to grab a few more of these before they are gone!
This wine is made of 100% Grenache, and aged for five months in both neutral oak and stainless steel. Only 60 cases produced. This is only the second Rosé produced by William Allen of Two Shepherds and the first from the Sonoma Coast. William does not use the Saignée method for any of his Rosés, instead he harvests a ton or so of the grapes slightly earlier especially for the Rosé. After trying this Rosé by William we are definitely going to be out on the hunt for more of his small lot wines! He also told us that even though his production is up to 1500 cases a year that all his wines are small lot wines as he usually makes about 15 different bottlings all under or around 100 cases a piece. Some really exciting stuff that we cannot wait for!
2016 till 2021.
Price Point:$$ - Purchased from Weygandt Wines for $22.36.