Donkey and Goat: The Ultimate Natural Wines

01 Mar Donkey and Goat: The Ultimate Natural Wines

Today we’re featuring a very cool, wine-nerdy producer called Donkey and Goat. These guys are at the cutting edge of natural wine production, and we believe they do it extremely well. The grapes are farmed organically and biodynamically, fermented in wood instead of the ubiquitous plastic, stomped by foot, and bottled without fining, or filtration. They are naturally cloudy in the glass and very textured on the palate. We recommend not chilling the whites too much, as it tames their personality. Just a cold wrap or a quick 30 minute dip in the fridge will do. The reds will also benefit from a slight chill to show their best.


“The wines from this winery are always some of the most interesting bottlings from California that I taste. Made in minimalist fashion, without sulfur additions and usually with long macerations followed by bottling without fining or filtration, they are definitely not for those who demand squeaky-clean, by-the-numbers winemaking.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

2015 Donkey and Goat White Wine “The Gadabout,” California
On Sale $19.99
Limpid gold. Ripe melon, pear and nectarine on the ginger- and mineral-accented nose, complicated by a subtle hint of smoky lees. Juicy and supple on the palate, offering an array of sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors given spine and lift by juicy acidity. Clings quite nicely on the finish, which leaves notes of candied fig and pit fruits behind.
90 Points, Vinous Media

2015 Donkey and Goat Chardonnay, Linda Vista Vineyard, Napa Valley
On Sale $32.99
Bright, vaguely hazy yellow. High-pitched Meyer lemon and pear aromas show suave jasmine and zesty mineral nuances. Silky and precise on the palate, offering bitter citrus pith, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors that deepen and expand with air. Shows a hint of iodine on the penetrating finish, which lingers with excellent, mineral-driven tenacity.
93 Points, Vinous Media

2015 Donkey and Goat Pinot Gris “Ramato,” Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley
On Sale $26.99
Light, hazy orange. Ginger, orange rind, dried flowers and a hint of red currant on the spice-tinged nose. Juicy and tightly wound, offering bitter citrus pith, red berry and musky rhubarb flavors and a hint of tarragon. Finishes chewy and long, displaying lingering spiciness and a touch of blood orange. Wild stuff, for sure; I’ll bet that this complex wine would go with a wide range of foods, both rich and light.
90 Points, Vinous Media

2015 Donkey and Goat California Red Wine “Twinkle” (Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah)
On Sale $25.99
Bright red fruit aromas jump out of the glass and surprise those expecting a gamey Mourvèdre. This is a very pretty nose of mulberry and strawberry laced with herbs like sage and spiced apple and rose petal. This is a nervy, light bodied red wine that finishes with black currants, cherries, and a subtle sweet and spicy background of nasturtium.
Winery Notes

2013 Donkey and Goat Syrah, Fenaughty Vineyard, El Dorado
On Sale $37.99
Vivid ruby. Heady spice- and smoke-accented dark berry aromas are complemented by a sexy floral pastille nuance. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering juicy blackberry liqueur and violet pastille flavors plus hints of licorice and spicecake. Lingers with strong tenacity on the penetrating, floral- and mineral-tinged finish, which features harmonious tannins and an echo of candied flowers.
93 Points, Vinous Media

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