Two Shepherds Bechthold Vinehard Cinsault

Regular price $35.00

Winemaker: William Allen

Appellation: Dunnigan Hills, Sacramento, California

Grape Variety: Cinsault

This special lot from the famed 135 year old Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi, is the oldest surviving Cinsault Vineyard in the world. This dry farmed, organic vineyard has very low yield, and produces a very complex expression of this variety, normally considered a blending grape.

The 2021 vintage is very similar to the smash hit 2020. With delicate, ethereal aromatics so alluring you will literally just leave your nose in the glass. Light bodied, drink with a slight chill, sit back and...chill. (For those who remember the 2017 vintage, this is in a similar vein.)

100% whole cluster, foot tread, fermented with native yeast in small 3/4 ton bins. Gently pressed to neutral barrel to age on heavy lees for 8 months, then bottled.  A thought provoking wine Eric Asimov of the NY Times called an example of “delightful, delicious wine from under-appreciated grapes."  

Two Shepherds is the labor of passion founded by William Allen, well known Rhône enthusiast and former wine  blogger.  William was a garagiste for years before moving into commercial production in 2010.

Two Shepherds started as a one-person micro winery in 2010. In 2015, William was joined by his partner Karen Daenen, a wine industry veteran, and head of consumer research for a multi-brand winery, as they moved into their own production facility in Windsor.

William focuses on day-to-day wine making while Karen, the Chief Shepherdess, runs foot stomping, blending trials, marketing, accounting, design and other key elements to the business.