Estate: Founded in 2005, Matthew Rorick is the pioneering force behind Forlorn Hope. In 2013 he purchased a 75 acre property that began as a ranch in 1844, eventually becoming the vineyards of Barden Stevenot in the 1960s, the “godfather of the modern Calaveras County winegrowers”. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the historic estate is now called Rorick Heritage Vineyard.
‘Queen of the Sierra’ is the 100% estate fruit label, the wines are “a celebration of the steep limestone and schist slopes of Rorick Heritage Vineyard”.
Winemaking: Hand harvested grapes are from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard, with limestone and schist soils, at 2000 feet in elevation. Spontaneous fermentation of a combination of whole bunch and destemmed fruit with native yeasts in open top vessels. Vermentino and Muscat grapes received experimental methods; “Vermentino fermented in egg and left there sealed and untouched for four months after which it was drained down to barrel, and a ton of Muscat fermented carbonically”. The end wines “were put down to neutral 227L barrique or blended together in stainless”, until bottling in June 2020. Minimal sulphur, unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Orange coral in colour, very aromatic; with mandarin orange, pink grapefruit, nectarine, peach, candied ginger and a hint of caramel. Orange, nectarine, plum , pink grapefruit, peach and a drizzle of salted caramel are framed by light green tea tannins and fresh acidity. Citrus and nectarine linger on the crisp, saline mineral finish. Pure, juicy, vibrant.
Blend of Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, Chardonnay
Produced & Bottled by Mathew Rorick Wines
$25 [average price]