Donkey & Goat

Berkeley's first natural winery, crafting wines
from sustainably farmed vineyards since 2004.

Wine Enthusiast Scores include 97, 96, 95 and 92

Three of our wines were reviewed in the November issue of Wine Enthusiast and awarded very high scores and even better words.

97 Donkey & Goat 2010 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah (El Dorado). A seriously top of the heap California Syrah. This complex, interesting wine sings of black pepper and garrigue, fleshy in just-ripe cherry, leather and dark plum. From the mountainous Fenaughty Vineyard, always a good source, it finishes long and will age gorgeously if you can possibly wait to drink it; that pepper will mellow

This wine is highly allocated and only available in our HOLIDAY SAMPLER. It was also #8 on their top 100 cellar wines for the year.

95 Donkey & Goat 2010 Perli Vineyard Syrah (Mendocino Ridge). This Perli is a gem, a gorgeous reminder that California Syrah can be a liquified representation of beauty. Carrying violet overtones, the wine offers just-picked raspberry and a pronounced entry of peppery spice. Soft it has a long finish and complex subtleties approaching magic. Sit this wine in your cellar if you dare—it’s so good to drink now. —V.B.

This wine is  sold out.  We will be tasting on November 29th at the winery.

96 Donkey & Goat 2012 Grenache Noir Grenache (El Dorado). 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. —V.B.

This wine will be available in a holiday gift pack starting November 27th.

92 Donkey & Goat 2012 Improbable Chardonnay (El Dorado). Intense in minerality, Improbable imparts a subtle oak influence lurking behind its essential freshness of apple, lime and is silky in texture. Energetic, it’s clean and expressive, a vibrant showcase of California-meets-Burgundy in El Dorado, a region not always thought of for Chardonnay. —V.B.

This wine is  sold out.  We will be tasting on November 29th at the winery.

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