Winemaker Matthew Rorick is a one-man operation in the winery, tending each fermentation and guiding the wine’s cellaring through to bottle. Each of the Forlorn Hope wines is a window into the vineyard in a particular vintage; vital to this is a partnership with growers who share the vision of achieving balanced ripeness on the vine that requires no further adjustment, additions or manipulation in the winery during fermentation. The result yields wines that are an honest and natural representation of site and vine. The Forlorn Hope wines are the result of a project devoted to displaying the wealth of California’s viticultural potential — as well as championing varieties less common. Taken as a departure from the stereotypical Californian product, the Rare Creatures of the Forlorn Hope display what is possible when great care is taken in combining soil type, climate/site, and variety to produce wines which require no manipulation.
Cloudy, cranberry-juice-red in colour, this starts with rustic, lively aromas of tangy strawberry, plum, fruit punch and crushed spice. Then the zingy palate, which is nearly effervescent, picks up with pomegranate, citrus rind and white pepper on the finish.