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Donkey & Goat Mendocino Carignane Testa Vineyards 2019

Red Wine from California, United States

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Carignane is a bit of a vagabond, having laid roots all over the world it goes by many names, including Carignano, Cari–ena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Sams—. It has made itself at home in the hill of Mendocino for quite some time and is very much a part of our state's ecological heritage. D & G produces one of the hands down best.This comes from vines planted in 1912 at the Testa Vineyard. It has what makes old vine carignan so appealing; a back and forth between the juiciness of a dark berry profile, hints of cinnamon and a dusty white pepper. Dark, brambly berries are joined by sweet sage and dusty, earthy tannins. This is so good with roasted duck or any sort of rich game.,

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Perhaps it's an ingrained distrust of dogma, but Jared and Tracey Brandt, owners and winemakers of Donkey and Goat winery, have torn up every page from the California winemaking handbook and done things their way.

Their West Berkeley winery is dedicated to producing “natural“ wines--wines made without commercial yeasts (which contribute lab-made flavors and hide terroir), rarely use SO2, and work almost exclusively with family growers practicing sustainable agriculture.

It’s a "hands-off" style that only works when executed perfectly. It requires deep knowledge, fastidious attention to detail and endless commitment.

The Brandts have all of that. They studied the approach with the hyper-talented lovable Rhone legend, Eric Texier (an nuclear engineer who brings a rigorous, scientific approach to his "natural" wine). Back stateside, they found like-minded growers willing to apply some of the rural techniques they'd learned, and worked tirelessly to allow their wines to emerge.

And those wines are amazing, a testament to what meticulous farming and simple but focused winemaking can produce in California. Precise and complex with a purity of fruit and a real sense of place - each bottle is a joy.


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    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

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    Medium Bodied