Donkey & Goat  Three Thirteen 2006 Front Label
Donkey & Goat  Three Thirteen 2006 Front Label

Donkey & Goat Three Thirteen 2006

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    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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    Donkey & Goat is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey & Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhône 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 Rhône winemaker who taught them the art and craft of making wines that speak to the soul about the earth from which they originate. Their maverick winemaking has helped pave the way for the natural wine movement.

    They make their wines for the table not the cocktail glass. They make Rhône varietals in both colors plus an atypical Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir true to the varietals nature, striving to make wine as naturally as possible and done so since day one.

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    California is a winemaking colossus; by itself it is the fourth largest producer in the world. Red wine accounts for 56% of the total by volume, and red grapes 63% of total acres planted. In addition, a number of California red wines are heralded as being among the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse geography, soils and microclimates allow for a wide array of styles, the key factor unifying California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season. This leads to well-developed fruit marked both by impressive ripeness and balancing acidity.

    The state’s most famous red wine region, of course, is Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king. But California boasts a wealth of other impressive appellations. The much larger and climatically varied Sonoma County also produces world class California Cabernet, along with wonderful examples of California Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

    Fine versions of Cabernet and Zinfandel hail from Paso Robles as well, which is also gaining fame with Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. As for Pinot Noir, terrific examples can be found from AVA’s such as Anderson Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. Wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are making wonderful Syrahs, and the Sierra Foothill appellations are proving to be an experimental hotbed, with Italian and Spanish varietals employed to great effect.

    This of course is a mere sketch. The subject of California red wine is as deep and broad as an ocean, and absolutely a joy to explore!

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    MSW28303061_2006 Item# 94153

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