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2011 Donkey and Goat Winery Carignane Mendocino
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Vivid ruby.  Vibrant, primary red berry, herbal and floral aromas are complicated by white pepper and anise.  The palate shows a refreshingly bitter quality and excellent focus, with tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors dominating.  Finishes on a palate-numbing peppery note, with very good clarity and cut.  There's a Beaujolais-like character to this wine that's really intriguing.

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