Grape(s): Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne
Localization: California, USA
Tasting Notes: The wine is aptly named: Gadabout meaning a pleasure seeker or a social butterfly. This wine is so charming with its depth of golden fruit flavors, luscious mouthfeel and a touch of tannin.
Notes: Natural wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast: This rich and well-balanced wine is packed with luxurious but not overwhelming toast, almond, butter and vanilla flavors that blend with a core of Anjou pear. It's full-bodied, well rounded in texture and nicely balanced by acidity.
The Domain: Our wine are handmade from sustainably farmed vineyards. In the cellar we follow the same philosophy. The wines are spontaneously fermented, aged in older oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A Donkey & Goat is a wife & husband owned and operated winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey and Jared Brandt, who own neither donkey nor goat, are the couple behind these naturally made wines, aim to emphasize their distinctive, soulful qualities, which truly represent the earth from which the vines are grown. They also have a manifesto. where they outline their inspiration. They do not care about consistency; they care about character. That said, much of their wine is sourced (from organic and sustainable vineyards.) They do a lot of work from their apartment and a “garage” in the countryside. They entered the winemaking business after losing their jobs in the wake of the dot.com crash. They are scientists, having been through the winemaking program at UC Davis. However, it was their training in France under the auspices of Eric Texier, where they learned the art of crafting expressive wines. Their garagiste domaine in California is focused exclusively on Rhone varietals and Chardonnay. The couple loves wine and are enthusiastic about the business. Tracy and Jared love to step on the soapbox and preach the virtues of minimum interference wine production. They make very small quantities of each cuvée.