Forlorn Hope, Queen of the Sierra Amber 2021, Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Calaveras County, Sierra Foothills, CA
This orange wine is bright with complex layers of acidity & texture, dancing around with notes of clementine, black tea, lemon peel, & grapefruit.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Calaveras County
REGION: Sierra Foothills
VINEYARD: Rorick Heritage Vineyard
GRAPES: Chardonnay, Verdelho, Muscat, & Albariño
SOIL: schist over dolomite-rich limestone, 2000’ elevation
PRACTICE: Organic, natural
VINIFICATION: Partial whole cluster, blended in stainless, bottled unfined & unfiltered, minimal added sulfur
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Clementine, lemon oil, nectarine
FLAVOR: Granny Smith apple, tart grapefruit, black tea, tannins on the finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Enjoy with bright summer flavors like thai salad, summer rolls, or black bass ceviche.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Matthew Rorick has been the winemaker behind the Forlorn Hope wines since the inception of the label in 2005 and tends 75 acres of organically farmed grapevines at Rorick Heritage Vineyard. In previous incarnations he has repaired submarine telescopes for the United States Navy, ridden skateboards for a living, and built electric guitars. His love of wine was fostered in him by his grandfather David Rorick Jr., who was a consummate dining partner and storyteller. His current efforts at RHV, including producing organically farmed estate wines and reconnecting with California’s Pre-Prohibition viticultural traditions, are largely inspired by conversations at his grandfather’s table.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
Located in Calaveras County, just outside of the town of Murphys in the center of the Sierra Foothills Viticultural Area, the site was first ranched by the Shaw family in 1844. The property was purchased by Barden Stevenot in the 1960s; he became the godfather of the modern Calaveras County winegrowers when he planted own-rooted Wente Chardonnay from 1974-76. Several acres of these original heritage plantings still remain - they are a direct link to the first person who recognized the potential of this site's soil and climate for wine grape cultivation. Barden eventually expanded the vineyard to its current 75 acres in 2000. Matthew Rorick purchased the property in 2013 and converted the farming to organic practices. At an elevation of 2000′, it is situated on limestone soils beneath a top layer of schist. The alpine growing season combined with limestone soils leave an indelible mark on the wines grown at RHV: beautiful aromatics, textural presence, and bright natural acidity are all hallmarks of the site.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
“At Forlorn Hope Wines, we love the longshots. We love the outsiders, the lost causes, the people/projects/ideas abandoned as not having a chance in the world.
We love the little guy because we’re all about tenacity, we relish a challenge, and – we admit it – we love us a good tussle. Taken from the Dutch ‘verloren hoop’, meaning ‘lost troop’, Forlorn Hope was the name given to the band of soldiers who volunteered to lead the charge directly into enemy defenses. The chance of success for the Forlorn Hope was always slim, but the glory and rewards granted to survivors ensured no shortage of applicants. These bottles are our headlong rush into the breach. Rare creatures from the limestone slopes of Rorick Heritage Vineyard, these wines are our brave advance party, our pride and joy – our Forlorn Hope.”