Donkey & Goat

The Prospector El Dorado Mourvèdre

9.1113 ratings
9.235 pro ratings
El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Mourvedre
Pasta, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, White Rice, Tomato-Based, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Allison Lyzenga

Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, black cherry, black plum, black raspberry, cranberry, subtle blossom, dusty earth, mushroom, old wood; dry, high acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavors of red and black cherry, black plum, blackberry wet earth; medium finish, very complex and surprising

Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of red cherry, black cherry, black plum, black raspberry, cranberry, subtle blossom, dusty earth, mushroom, old wood; dry, high acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavors of red and black cherry, black plum, blackberry wet earth; medium finish, very complex and surprising

Dec 15th, 2018
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.1

Starting to finally hit its stride, though with a long ways to go yet. The clenched fist holding the grapefruit, peach and blackberry fruit basket has started to unclench, and there's more of Mourvedre's feral side starting to peak out and buff away the hard edges. Better after 3 hours in the decanter, many more years to go.

Starting to finally hit its stride, though with a long ways to go yet. The clenched fist holding the grapefruit, peach and blackberry fruit basket has started to unclench, and there's more of Mourvedre's feral side starting to peak out and buff away the hard edges. Better after 3 hours in the decanter, many more years to go.

Jul 20th, 2017
Steve Matthiasson

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

9.8

Gonna have to get a case of this and age it for a long long time, it's a baby, very intense, the tart red fruit up front turns to leather and tar on the finish, once it (hopefully) develops some Brett to tame the fruit (Brett and mouvedre are like peanut butter and jelly to me) and the wine softens it's going to be sublime.

Gonna have to get a case of this and age it for a long long time, it's a baby, very intense, the tart red fruit up front turns to leather and tar on the finish, once it (hopefully) develops some Brett to tame the fruit (Brett and mouvedre are like peanut butter and jelly to me) and the wine softens it's going to be sublime.

3 people found it helpfulMay 4th, 2015
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.1

On the light side of medium bodied. Slightly bretty in a balanced way that you rarely find domestically.

On the light side of medium bodied. Slightly bretty in a balanced way that you rarely find domestically.

May 29th, 2017
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.2

Definitely has that D&G house style overlaid on some really lovely California Mourvedre fruit. Bright and twangy with underlying funk and animal qualities. Lots of grapefruit and peach. Didn't budge much over two days, I'd be curious to see this in another 5 years.

Definitely has that D&G house style overlaid on some really lovely California Mourvedre fruit. Bright and twangy with underlying funk and animal qualities. Lots of grapefruit and peach. Didn't budge much over two days, I'd be curious to see this in another 5 years.

Nov 23rd, 2015
jerod peitsmeyer

pretty rare that I find new world attempts at old-world wine successful. always happy to be proven wrong. lean. mean. grapefruit notes. nice texture. really showcases the grape well

pretty rare that I find new world attempts at old-world wine successful. always happy to be proven wrong. lean. mean. grapefruit notes. nice texture. really showcases the grape well

Nov 13th, 2015
Brent Mayeaux

Production Burn Cottage Vineyard

8.7

Good wine, but in an awkward state. It seemed to be pulling in different directions without cohesion among its parts. Everything is there, so with time it may straighten out... or fall apart. I'll hold onto the other bottle I have for a while.

Good wine, but in an awkward state. It seemed to be pulling in different directions without cohesion among its parts. Everything is there, so with time it may straighten out... or fall apart. I'll hold onto the other bottle I have for a while.

Nov 6th, 2015
Jeremiah Allen

Love the flowers

Love the flowers

Jun 4th, 2015
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.6

Ripe, but not over extracted. Definitely something to revisit.

Ripe, but not over extracted. Definitely something to revisit.

Sep 26th, 2014
Mark Morgan

Delicious

Delicious

May 24th, 2014