2011 Donkey & Goat "Sluice Box" El Dorado White Rhône Blend

SKU #1111824 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from a blend of 50% marsanne, 34% grenache blanc, 14% vermentino and 2% picoul): Hazy yellow-gold. Pear skin, lemon thyme and chamomile on the intriguingly perfumed nose. Fleshy and expansive, offering gently sweet orchard and pit fruit flavors with a refreshing note of bitter lemon pith. The sappy finish shows good bite and a lingering floral note.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "The Brandt family tapped some fantastic sources here, including the Fenaughty and Swansboro vineyards, for a mix of Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Picpoul, partially fermented on its skins. An outstanding Rhone-style white, with textural heft, like the good part of peach nectar, plus lemon curd, olive, green almond and green-tea. A verdant-tasting wine with mineral savoriness and rich, apricot-skin fruit."

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Other White Wines

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United States

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California

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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 13