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A Donkey and Goat Chardonnay Untended 2012

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2013 Untended Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 36 year, non-grafted, old Wente clone Chardonnay we found near abandoned in summer 2009. Being Fukuoka fans we said why not?! This wine is a stunning example of the benefits of doing less to get more minerality, tension and cool climate Chardonnay flavors. Be warned: this natural wine wins no awards for clarity but will please and even delight when put on the table next to an array of cuisine (oysters, anything with butter, sushi, Chinese, Thai with lighter spices and the list goes on). Aromas of baked green apple, lemon pith, dried pear, quince and herbal hints are immediate but quickly followed by wet stone and a distinct saline character, with zero exceess fat, that speaks to the vines proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Appellation: Anderson Valley Vineyard: Blakeman Varietal: Chardonnay Clone: un-grafted Wente and Davis clone 4 Age: 36 years Elevation: 950 feet Soil: Ornbaun-Zeni and Casabonne-Wohly soils Yield: 1.5 tons/acre Harvested: September 29, 2013 in light rain Pressed: September 30, 2012 Blend: 100% Chardonnay Fermentation: 100% neutral French Oak barrels Barrel aging: 10mnths in neutral French Oak barrels Bottled: Unfiltered on July 29, 2014 Production: 211 cases Release date: Spring 2015

Region: USA » California » Sonoma Valley

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Donkey and Goat:
A Donkey and Goat is a wife & husband owned and operated winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey and Jared Brandt are the "donkey and goat" behind these sustainable farmed and artfully produced wines that are distinctive, soulful and truly represent the earth from which they come.

2013 Untended Chardonnay, Anderson Valley 36 year, non-grafted, old Wente clone Chardonnay we found near abandoned in summer 2009. Being Fukuoka fans we said why not?! This wine is a stunning example of the benefits of doing less to get more minerality, tension and cool climate Chardonnay flavors. Be warned: this natural wine wins no awards for clarity but will please and even delight when put on the table next to an array of cuisine (oysters, anything with butter, sushi, Chinese, Thai with lighter spices and the list goes on). Aromas of baked green apple, lemon pith, dried pear, quince and herbal hints are immediate but quickly followed by wet stone and a distinct saline character, with zero exceess fat, that speaks to the vines proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Appellation: Anderson Valley Vineyard: Blakeman Varietal: Chardonnay Clone: un-grafted Wente and Davis clone 4 Age: 36 years Elevation: 950 feet Soil: Ornbaun-Zeni and Casabonne-Wohly soils Yield: 1.5 tons/acre Harvested: September 29, 2013 in light rain Pressed: September 30, 2012 Blend: 100% Chardonnay Fermentation: 100% neutral French Oak barrels Barrel aging: 10mnths in neutral French Oak barrels Bottled: Unfiltered on July 29, 2014 Production: 211 cases Release date: Spring 2015

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