2012 Donkey & Goat El Dorado Grenache Noir
Spicy in aroma and mouthfeel, 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. Seek this one out.
Grenache doesn't get much better than this. At K&L we taste a lot of Grenache, so that's saying something. It's driven by pure spicy red fruits, with notes of anise and a hint of herb. There's a vibrancy, purity, and length to this wine typically not captured in Grenache, from any part of the world, much less the warm El Dorado hills. Here's what the folks at Donkey & Goat have to share: "Efforts in the vineyard pay off in the winery with a traditionally made Grenache. De-stemmed and whole cluster are mixed in a 5 ton wood fermenter and allowed to ferment naturally. As in all of our wines, nothing is added - no commercial yeast, no nutrients, no additives. JUST Grapes. After fermentation, the wine was pressed to neutral French Oak and aged for six months. This bottling is a select set of barrels exhibiting the youthful energy we wanted to capture in bottle. After tasting our a previous vintage of our Grenache, Jon Bonne, wine writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, tweeted that we were the 'Grenache Whispers'." We couldn't have said it better. Bravo!