Donkey & Goat Three Thirteen 2006
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.
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.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.