2011 Donkey & Goat Sluice Box El Dorado White ($27, 13%): The Brandts continue their simple-is-beautiful Rhone-inspired stampede from Berkeley. This might be their best white yet – a mix of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino (fermented on their skins for extra texture), Marsanne and a bit of Picpoul. It’s unctuous in a delicious way, like great peach nectar. With lemon curd, almond and green tea bite, and a mineral savoriness. Versatile (pork chops, fish, all sorts of things) and deeply flavored.
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Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2012
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