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Staff Pick

Donkey and Goat "Gallivanter" Red Blend - 2017

Item # 25260 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
USA
Region
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A lively, wild blend of Merlot, Grenache and Mourvèdre from the Donkey and Goat winery. Bright acidity and dark fruit flavors make this wine adventurous and versatile for food pairings. Best enjoyed lightly chilled with lamb, steak, or jerk chicken.


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Staff Pick Notes

Jared and Tracey Brandt craft some of the finest natural wines in California. While they're definitely on the wild side they completely defy the notion that natural wines are mere "science experiments." The Brandt's use minimal sulfur, natural yeasts, allow long macerations, and bottle without fining or filtration, all of which takes tremendous attention and care in their winemaking practices. The Gallivanter red blend is a shockingly fresh and delicious wine without a trace of funk or gaminess. A blend of Merlot, Grenache and Mourvèdre it's all about juicy blackberries, bright raspberries, a little earthiness, and black pepper. Serve this slightly chilled at your next barbecue.

- ALM

About the Producer

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....

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...

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Mourvèdre

Known as Mataro in California and Monastrell in Spain, Mourvèdre can produce bold, tannic, highly alcoholic red wines. They usually show no shortage of fruit as well, and the best examples keep it all in perfect balance. Rhône-style blends are cropping up all over the world, and one of the classic tried-and-true combinations is "GSM," or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. The "M" contributes focus and...

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California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Merlot

The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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