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Donkey & Goat Old Vine Carignane 2016

Red Wines

Donkey & Goat Old Vine Carignane 2016

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Donkey & Goat Old Vine Carignane 2016


Mendocino, California

From a single site planted 79 years ago, 1300 feet above sea level on decomposed sandstone-loam soils, now farmed by the 4th generation owner Maria Testa. 15 day maceration on skins before pressing and transfer to Taransaud cuve for 10 months. Bottled with minimal sulphur added and without filtration/fining.

A 79 year old vineyard? Wow - there’s a lot of intensity here. Dusky plum, raspberries, bashed rocks, black cherry, dried thyme and black olives, carried with fine, persistent acidity, lifted and bright, all with a lovely perfumed top note of wild bush blueberry. A grippy duskiness on the lingering finish. 

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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