2011 Donkey and Goat Winery Chardonnay Untended Anderson Valley
Producer: Donkey and Goat Winery Style: White Wine Grape Type:Chardonnay Origin:California Region: Other California Appellation: Anderson Valley
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(12.1% alcohol): Vivid gold. Musky, herb- and mineral-accented aromas of dried pear, quince and toasted grain, with a smoky overtone. Fleshy but dry, with very good depth to its orchard fruit and lemon pith flavors. Refreshingly bitter and incisive, with strong finishing grip and zero excess fat. These dry-farmed old Wente clone vines are reportedly 36 years old now.
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