Donkey & Goat - Gris Gris (2021)
Donkey & Goat - Gris Gris (2021)

Donkey & Goat - Gris Gris (2021)

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The 2021 vintage 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. In an effort to support Chuck & Ron Mansfield at Goldbud Farms, our singular grower in El Dorado since 2005 who farms 55+% of our annual production, Tracey worked closely with Chuck to pick everything that was ripe enough for White or Rosé wine days following the Caldor fire’s start. Sadly, it was not much relative to our planned tonnage but we did pick Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah & Grenache Noir, Girard Vineyard Grenache and Neighbors Mourvèdre.

With 20 tons of red grapes now being made into Rosé Wine (the equivalent of 1100+ cases) Tracey decided in lieu of making what would have been the 18th vintage* of Isabel’s Cuvée Grenache Rosé from Gibson Ranch that we would make a far larger production of Rosé wine, blending all of the Gibson Ranch with the Fenaughty Grenache Noir Rosé, some of the Girard Grenache Noir Rosé and for the “special sauce” to make this Rosé sing she added 14% of 2020 Ramato Pinot Gris from Filigreen Farm. Yet another illustration of the power and beauty of blending!

Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared and Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar.

Our wines are made from sustainably (or more) farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. In the cellar nothing is removed and nothing is added save minimal effective sulphur. Sulphur is a contentious issue in the natural wine world. We have made wines with zero sulphur added but in general we do use minimum effective sulphur. Or we use as little as possible and our levels going into bottle fall within the predominant guideline for natural wines in Europe. Our wines are bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration. While not required, we include our ingredient list on our label which is remarkably short: grapes and minimal sulphur. We have made our wines in this manner since we created Donkey & Goat in 2004 and will continue to do so until we stop.

If Strawberry Lemonade was a wine, it would be this Gris Gris Rose! From its beautiful rosy hue to its lip-smakingly juicy, bright, thirst-quenching character, this is the wine for warm porch days, laughter, rope swings, big leaps and exuberance. Notes of ruby red grapefruit, cherry blossom and red Gravenstein apple lead the tastebuds on an irresistible journey. Be warned, it is almost too easy to enjoy.

Pair with fruit-topped pancakes, potato chips, veggies with herb dip, ham sandwiches – and friends!

About the Winemaker

Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared and Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. We make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar.

Our wines are made from sustainably (or more) farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. In the cellar nothing is removed and nothing is added save minimal effective sulphur. Sulphur is a contentious issue in the natural wine world. We have made wines with zero sulphur added but in general we do use minimum effective sulphur. Or we use as little as possible and our levels going into bottle fall within the predominant guideline for natural wines in Europe. Our wines are bottled without stabilization, fining or filtration. While not required, we include our ingredient list on our label which is remarkably short: grapes and minimal sulphur. We have made our wines in this manner since we created Donkey & Goat in 2004 and will continue to do so until we stop.

Tasting Notes

If Strawberry Lemonade was a wine, it would be this Gris Gris Rose! From its beautiful rosy hue to its lip-smakingly juicy, bright, thirst-quenching character, this is the wine for warm porch days, laughter, rope swings, big leaps and exuberance. Notes of ruby red grapefruit, cherry blossom and red Gravenstein apple lead the tastebuds on an irresistible journey. Be warned, it is almost too easy to enjoy.

Pairings 

Pair with fruit-topped pancakes, potato chips, veggies with herb dip, ham sandwiches – and friends!