2021 Skinny Dip, California

Skinny Dip, Grenache 2021

El Dorado + Mendocino = CALIFORNIA


750 mL $36

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This wine represents one of the more innovative and exciting creations from the 2021 vintage which brought devastating losses from our El Dorado vineyards due to the Caldor Fire. We only made 42% of our planned tonnage and made no red wine from El Dorado. Facing down far more Rosé than she wanted from direct pressing Syrah & Grenache Noir, late on the evening of August 26, 2021, Tracey decided to try something new. Having just unloaded the press from the Grenache Gris at Gibson in Mendocino (where all was fine) she decided to not throw the pomace into the organic waste bin. It was pressed after a mere 6-hour skin soak that followed a light foot tread. Instead, she loaded the juicy pomace into our largest clay vat and then filled it up with the freshly pressed Rosé of Girard Vineyard Grenache Noir. Her hope was to make a more interesting wine with texture and structure given the sea of Rosé this vintage. It is fascinating. It is delicious. It is our skinny dip as she just dipped the skins into a rose and voila – a new idea from Donkey & Goat that will no doubt drive more creativity and ideas.

Tasting Note: Loosely inspired by Amarone and Ripasso wines, with our own unique twist and of course a heavy dose of improvisation (a cornerstone in winemaking!), this dark Rose wine defies category and convention. And that’s why we’re so excited about it! Flirtatious with flavors of hard candy and pink lady apple leading the way, folding into more layered notes of medicinal herbals, plum skin and dried rose petals. Enjoy with skirt steak, watermelon mint and feta salad, gazpacho, or thin-crust pizza with your favorite toppings!

  • Appellation: El Dorado & Mendocino = CALIFORNIA*
  • Vineyards: Girard & Gibson
  • Varietal: Grenache & Grenache Gris
  • Age: 2000 & 1896
  • Elevation: 2450 & 950 feet
  • Harvested: August 26 & 25, 2021
  • Pressed: August 26 & 25, 2021
  • Fermentations: Wild yeasts & bacteria in clay for 12 days before pressing off
  • Barrel Aging: 6 months in neutral barrel
  • Bottled: Unfiltered March 1, 2022
  • Production: 149 cases
  • Release date: Spring 2022


Our many 2021 California Appellation wines were made with freedom and creativity. We blended whatever we wished from our expansive array of vineyards and varietals grown in many of California’s most celebrated AVAs to create the most delicious and inspiring wine possible from a vintage where El Dorado suffered catastrophic loss due to the Caldor Fire.


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