Donkey and Goat Three Thirteen 2006

Rhone Red Blends from California

Item No. 94153
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Three Thirteen is our blend using three of the thirteen varietals traditionally permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CdP). Ours includes Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache with all of the Grenache and Mourvèdre and all but one Syrah (Brosseau) coming from El Dorado in the Sierra Foothills. The components were mostly uniquely vinified and aged until the final blend was created in September. All were only de-stemmed, lightly crushed with varying levels of foot stomping and fermented in open top wood vats. Some of the Syrahs included whole cluster fermentations. The macerations ranged from 18 days for the Grenache to 25 days for the Syrahs (Mourvédre in the middle at 23 days). All fermentations were natural.

Enticing aromas of leather with spices like cardamom, nutmeg, black and white pepper are interlaced with plum, blueberry and cola. After a few moments gamey and meaty notes become more prominent with hints of bark and graphite. On the palate this seductive and superbly structured wine coats the mouth with velvety and dusty tannins for a long and lingering finish. It should only get better for at least the next 5-8 years.

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Learn About Donkey and Goat

Donkey & Goat is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey & Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhone varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge and the undiscovered El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills. Tracey & Jared trained in France, under Éric Texier, an up and coming Rhone winemaker who...

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Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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