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September 03, 2013

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Two Shepherds, William Allen

It warms my heart Meg, that you liked the wine this much, thanks for kind words.

2011 Centime was my first (commercial) skin contact project, in the year every one screamed 'no skin contact!' for Russian River whites, after one of the most challenging harvests in decades.

It was a labor of love. It was also intended to show The Flock (wine club members) a possibly different side to 'orange' wines, as for some, this was their first orange wine. Less tannic, bitter, able to be drunk without 5 years of bottle aging; like most of my wines, and my palate, more subtle if you will.

2012 Centime is bottling aging and is ~12 cases (1/2 barrel) of Grenache Blanc, this time neutral barrel aged, bottled unfined, unfiltered. I haven't tasted one since bottling, I should soon!

I haven't yet decided which varieties yet for 2013, the decision is often spur of the moment. Russian River Marsanne & Roussanne is greatly reduced this harvest. It's the ONLY planting is the Russian River, and half was found to be diseased, yet thankfully, in the land of Pinot Noir, more is being grafted over.

Humble thanks again for your words and appreciation - this kind of response is why I do what I do!

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