VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Donkey and Goat
Tracey and Jared Brandt are the "donkey and goat" behind these sustainably farmed wines operating out of a 2,800-square-foot warehouse space in Berkeley, California. They follow a path apart from mainstream winemaking, eschewing commercial yeasts, using sulfur dioxide only in the spring following harvest, and fermenting in old wood and concrete vessels. They source grapes from non-irrigated vineyards, preferring less-manicured vineyards in the Sierra Foothills.
Jared hails from Salt Lake and Tracey was raised in Texas and North Carolina. They met while working for the IGN gaming company. In 2001 Jared left his job to become a winemaker. The couple went to France seeking an internship and ended in working in the Rhone Valley.
A single Pinot Noir was produced in 2009 from Broken Leg Vineyard in the Anderson Valley. Total production is 3,000 cases annually.
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