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Donkey and Goat Grenache Noir 2012

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When we take visitors to our various vineyards in El Dorado, many are surprised to see our Grenache, growing in a traditional manner, without a trellis system. Instead of training the vines to follow a wire, these vines are allowed to grow as a bush. This naturally lowers our yield per vine and consistently provides better fruit intensity without unreasonably high sugar or low acidity. In some spots, the vines are spaced with 5 feet by 5 feet spacing, further intensify the flavors while minimizing sugar. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this wine 96pts in their November issue and then deemed it the #7 wine on their Top 100 Wines for 2013 (January 2014 issue, published December 3). The review said, "Spicy in aroma and mouth feel, this is a wondrous wine, gorgeous in lovely ripe cherry and strawberry and completely enveloped in thrills of white pepper. Those who love cooler climate Rhônes will find much to ponder and celebrate here. Racy, it is fragrant and lean, made without fining or filtering."

Region: USA » California

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Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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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.

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11/26/2014

Four and a half glasses



When we take visitors to our various vineyards in El Dorado, many are surprised to see our Grenache, growing in a traditional manner, without a trellis system. Instead of training the vines to follow a wire, these vines are allowed to grow as a bush. This naturally lowers our yield per vine and consistently provides better fruit intensity without unreasonably high sugar or low acidity. In some spots, the vines are spaced with 5 feet by 5 feet spacing, further intensify the flavors while minimizing sugar. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this wine 96pts in their November issue and then deemed it the #7 wine on their Top 100 Wines for 2013 (January 2014 issue, published December 3). The review said, "Spicy in aroma and mouth feel, this is a wondrous wine, gorgeous in lovely ripe cherry and strawberry and completely enveloped in thrills of white pepper. Those who love cooler climate Rhônes will find much to ponder and celebrate here. Racy, it is fragrant and lean, made without fining or filtering."

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