2014 Two Shepherds "Fanucchi Vineyard" Russian River Valley Trousseau Gris

SKU #1277338

Also the source of rare Trousseau Gris from the likes of Wind Gap and Jolie-Laide, the Fanucchi vineyard grows the only 10 acres of the "unicorn" variety in the state of California. Two Shepherds' version is fermented on the skins for five days, resulting in an unusual, category-blurring orange-pink refresher.

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2017 | Send Email
In an effort to get the Europhile staff in the LA store more on board with Domestic wines, I set out on a quest to find some Old World-style wines but that are made in the USA. I knew I had a winner when Jacques (our resident Frenchie) couldn't contain himself over how much this Russian River Trousseau Gris reminded him of a Jura wine. If you're not familiar with Trousseau Gris, the Trousseau variety originated around the Alsace/Jura region in France and somewhere along the line, it mutated into a Trousseau Gris--pink in skin color and taking on the varietal characters of both a red and white grape. Two Shepherds decided to treat the Trousseau Gris coming from the Fanucchi Vineyards in Russian River Valley more like an orange wine with a 5-day fermentation resulting in a beautiful wine that is salmon pink in color and possessing intoxicating aromatics of Szechwan peppers, cedar and blood orange citrus. If you're in the mood to be adventurous and try the antithesis of the jammy, oaky, fruit bomb that has become so ubiquitous with domestic wines, taste this wine!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
This wine took my breath away not only for being one of the most European-style wines I have ever tasted from California, but also for its delicate complexity. It looks, smells and tastes like a Jura wine, with what I call wild berries (petit fruit du bois), flint, exotic spices, and wild herbs. Quite crispy and tangy and with a depth of flavor that defies its lightness.

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Other White Wines

Country:

United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9