2020 Two Shepherds 'Bucking Luna' Sparkling Cinsault CANS 375ml 2pk
Region: Dunnigan Hills <Yolo County < California
Grapes: Cinsault (75%), Carignan (25%)
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming; gravelly alluvial soils; de-stemmed; partial carbonic fermentation then aged 8 months in stainless steel before canning, unfined/unfiltered, with minimal added SO2; 225 cases; 10.5% ABV
Winemaker: William Allen & Karen Daenen
NEW VINTAGE ALERT! The cutest can of sparkling red is back, and better than ever!
William Allen and Karen Daenen are the Two Shepherds. He's a software salesman by day, and she runs consumer research for Jackson Family Wines. But their heart is on the farm, and in the Rhône, two loves they combine with their 2-human, 3 donkey and 4-goat farm and micro-winery outside of Healdsburg, CA. They have one small estate vineyard but mostly work with purchased grapes, insisting on organic, and model their wines on the Rhône and other natty French styles they love, making tiny lots of old world, low-intervention bottlings from cool climate sites. While they work together to make the wine, Karen considers herself Chief Shepherdess, a title she rightly owns after birthing the baby Luna, the mini donkey that inspired this delicious lightly fizzy Cinsault in a can.
We've been loving the trend of high quality natural wine in a can, and this is one of the best canned reds we've had. Super bright, juicy and way too drinkable, it tastes like tart hibiscus juice and black cherry, with some puckery pomegranate, like an adult Capri Sun. Serve chilled but not too cold, either poured into a glass, if you're feeling fancy, otherwise straight from the can. Pairs well with summer picnics, pools, and beaches and anywhere else discreet or glass-less sipping is required. Just remember, each can is a HALF BOTTLE of wine, so don't go slamming the whole can. Or do, just know what you're getting into. It's less than 11% ABV, after all.