William Allen is a Rhône specialist who makes a range of red, white, skin-fermented and rosé wines at his Two Shepherds winery. And he recently released his first canned wine. He sources grapes from small often organically farmed vineyards. William’s winemaking style is hands off. He uses native yeast fermentations and neutral oak aging. He and partner Karen Daenen harvested the first Grenache from their own vineyard in 2018. The vineyard, which Allen farms organically, now also includes Grenache Gris. In their spare time they care for a growing collection of farm animals.
In case you didn’t know, the third Friday in September is International #GrenacheDay. Of course, we have a wine for that!
2013 Two Shepherds Pastoral Rouge, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County — translucent ruby in the glass with aromas of roses and red fruit. Ripe cranberry and raspberry flavors follow, plus blackberries, dried tobacco, gravelly minerality and dusty earth. Juicy acidity keeps this barely medium-bodied red wine lively and smooth tannins are well integrated with the flavors. 12.6% abv. SRP $30
This is a red wine for all seasons. The bright red fruit and lighter body make it perfect for warm weather (consider chilling it slightly) but don’t count out its refreshing flavors and bright acidity on a chilly evening.
Winemaker William Allen considers this wine his flagship red Rhône blend. 50% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 17% Mourvedre are sourced from a cool spot in the Russian River Valley. It’s super delicious.