2022 Forlorn Hope 'Queen of the Sierra' Amber, Sierra Foothills - Harvest Wine Shop
2022 Forlorn Hope 'Queen of the Sierra' Amber, Sierra Foothills - Harvest Wine Shop

2022 Forlorn Hope "Queen of the Sierra" Amber, Sierra Foothills

2022 Forlorn Hope "Queen of the Sierra" Amber, Sierra Foothills

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Just in time for fall, we bring to you, 'Queen of the Sierra' Amber, by Forlorn Hope. This is a extended skin contact "orange" wine, which Forlorn Hope calls an amber wine. We always like to judge a wine with: "did one sip lead to another?" Boy oh boy did it. This is one of the best skin contact wines we've had and we've been on a hunt for quite some time.

From a high altitude vineyard near the northwestern Yosemite National Park border. Farmed organically since 2013. No new oak is utilized, and nothing was added to the must or wine (no cultured yeast, ML bacteria, water, tartaric acid, enzymes, nutrients, etc) with the exception of minimal effective SO2.

Tasting Notes aromas of honey, brown spices, dried apricots, pear skin, tropical citrus, baked apples, caramel and peaches
Variety Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, Chardonnay
Region Sierra Foothills, CA from Rorick Heritage Vineyard
Volume 750ml
Alcohol Volume 11.4%


    Forlorn Hope

    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.

    "At Matthew Rorick 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 longshots because we are all about tenacity, we relish a challenge, and we admit that we love us a good tussle."

    Forlorn Hope as a name has its origins in the Dutch phrase verloren hoop, meaning literally "lost troop."  This was mistranslated into Forlorn Hope as far back as the English Civil War as the name given to the band of soldiers who volunteered to lead the charge directly into enemy defenses or who were positioned in an exposed outpost. And like these soldiers, the chance of success for the early Forlorn Hope team always seemed slim, but the glory and rewards granted to survivors ensured no shortage of applicants to join the cause today.

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