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Donkey & Goat Perli Chardonnay 2016

White Wines

Donkey & Goat Perli Chardonnay 2016

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Donkey & Goat Perli Chardonnay 2016


From the lovingly named “potato patch” block" in the Perli vineyard, high up on Mendocino Ridge surrounded by redwoods. The wild, rocky site at 2200 feet above sea level is on a staggering 60% slopes, and the vines see far more bears than human visitors!

Picked by hand and fermented and aged in once used French oak, this is a dazzling white. Juicy green apple, a squeeze of Meyer lemon, and a saltiness that Tracey and Jared attribute to the close proximity to the Pacific ocean and the prevailing sea fog. The glass evolves with eye opening acidity, and citrus profiles of lemon zest, and buddhas hand. The savoury identity is balanced well with tart kumquat flavors and orange zest, with just a touch of crunchy honeydew. Restrained, will develop majestically.

Press: Very fine aromatics: lemony and bright with a fine spiciness. There’s a slight mealiness, too. The palate is concentrated with nice ripe citrus fruit, a fine spicy dimension, and some stony minerality. So distinctive, vital, lemony and spicy. Such finesse and purity here. 94/100. Dr Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak.

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!

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