2014 Donkey & Goat "Five Thirteen" El Dorado Red Blend (Previously $30)

SKU #1275639 92 points Vinous

 Limpid ruby-red. Lively aromas of red fruit liqueur, Asian spices, potpourri and smoky minerals pick up a subtle touch of game with air. Juicy, penetrating and sweet, offering lively black raspberry, cherry and candied lavender flavors and a touch of black cardamom. Zesty acidity adds definition and cut to the gently tannic finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity and a repeating, insistent floral note. (JR)  (10/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Vivid, tangy cherry and raspberry flavors practically light up this medium-bodied, polished and complex wine. It pours out red cherry, cranberry and raspberry in refreshing bursts with each sip, with a lightly astringent, lip-smacking finish. (JG)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Native yeasts, neutral barrels, no additives, and hands-on, small fermentations—that's the Donkey & Goat way, at this boutique urban outfit located in Berkeley, right across the Bay from K&L San Francisco. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault, this wine is inspired by the blends of Châteuneuf-du-Pape—with the aim of being wonderfully drinkable early but also having potential to age. The 2014 is a lovely ruby red color in the glass. The wine slowly unfurls and displays a beautiful nose of young red cherries, white pepper, beef blood and notes of dried herbs. The palate is a delightfully balanced mix of red fruits, tomatoes, spice and earth notes all nicely framed by racy acidity and soft tannins. This is the quintessential food wine and could be paired with lamb, pork, veal or grilled eggplant. It is very elegant and delicate, with a nose and complexity that bring all components together in a very enjoyable package. Serve this wine with the slightest chill, at or a bit below cellar temperature.

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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.