2012 Donkey and Goat Carignane


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino
Drink between 2014 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • WNissen wrote:

    October 1, 2019 - One of the most confounding experiences I've ever had with a wine. Opened the screwcap to find a profoundly dark color, heavy duty fruit and flower aroma, but painfully tart. I am a big fan of acidity in red wine, but this was like a Belgian sour beer that went bad. Had a half glass, and couldn't drink any more. Decanted the rest into a half bottle in the fridge, left the rest on the counter. Three days later I tried both, and the room-temperature version was the best. Not a bit oxidized. Seems like the excessive reduction of the earlier Screwcaps affected this wine. No rating, but could be quite good if you can catch it at the right time.

  • treidling wrote: 88 points

    February 5, 2017 - Tart boysenberry and cranberry on the nose is echoed on the palate with some dirt, excellent acid, and a medium finish

  • WNissen wrote:

    September 23, 2015 - It's immediately clear from the first sip that Donkey and Goat is doing something different here. The aroma is rich and perfumed, but the palate is acid-driven, almost sour, when served by itself. With food, everything comes together. Very Good+.

  • Beerzebub Likes this wine:

    August 12, 2014 - PnP. Continuously changes with air. Scents of cool mixed berries and cherries, fresh dill, flowers (rose/lilac), loam, gentle peppery spice/cedar, and a hint of VA (or the dill note is playing tricks on me). Similar elements on the palate - cool crunchy red and dark fruit, with dill, flowers, earth, and mouthwatering salinity. Cedar and a hint of cinnamon develop for a spicy, savory, saline finish. Tart, lightweight, refreshing and extremely drinkable. This and Lioco Indica have shaken up my perception of Carignan. Good stuff!

  • klezman wrote:

    February 27, 2014 - Fruity, earthy, spicy, dense. Not much tannin. Solidly tasty and should have the ability to go a fairly long time.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

    (Donkey and Goat Winery Carignane Mendocino) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Donkey and Goat
  • Varietal Carignane
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino

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  • In Cellars 15 (50%)
  • Consumed 15 (50%)

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