Another stunner from the incredibly talented Donkey & Goat cellar. This 100% Clairette Blanche was inspired by many of the Rhone’s great whites, and what a triumph. Fruit sourced from the Barsotti vineyard, planted 2800 feet above sea level on sandy loam soil. The fruit was meticulously sorted, before being foot stomped and pressed within hours of picking. Fermented in neutral oak barrels with no additions and aged in the same barrels for 8 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with one sulphur addition.
Donkey & Goat were part of the original new wave natural wine scene at the turn of the millennium. From their home base in downtown Berkeley they passionately advocate for minimal intervention winemaking, devoted to producing wine that meets their own environmental objectives. Since having their first child, they have abandoned all plastic at home, and this is as close to a plastic free winery as one can get. All ferments, however small, take place in wooden vats, and wines stay sur lie in old barrels until bottling. They pick early, basing their selection on acid and flavour, and all wines ferment spontaneously. Looking for lower alcohol, they work with several vineyards in cooler areas, although they very much so see alcohol as a by-product to using natural yeasts and working naturally. Wines are rarely filtered, and if so, they are labelled accordingly. Hand harvested grapes, SO2 (at bottling). If only everything were so simple!