Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra Rosé 2020
Mat Rorick cuts a striking image, he is equal parts Henry Rollins, Lemmy & Johnny Cash. Before COVID times Mat would split the year between his home winery in the Sierra Foothills, and in South Australia, creating some ultra crushable drops. We managed to snag a little bit of that last release as well, we also have a pretty cool international project with this crew coming out soon...
Here's the lowdown from the High Hopes gang:
The Queen of the Sierra wines are a celebration of the steep limestone and schist slopes of Rorick Heritage Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Made from 100% Estate grown fruit, they are organically farmed, hand-harvested, spontaneously fermented by native yeasts, unfiltered and unfined, with nothing added but minimal effective sulfur. These are honest and pure California estate wines made with soul that are approachable in price as well as in the glass.
This bright blended rosé is from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard that sits up at 2000ft elevation in Calaveras County, CA. This vintage is a mix of Zinfandel, Grenache Noir, and Tempranillo, whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel, fermented with native yeasts, racked after a few months on the lees, then bottled two months later with minimal SO2. Notes of ripe strawberry, concentrated watermelon, and orange blossom on the nose. On the palate is juicy strawberry, cherry juice, hibiscus, and tiny touch of tannin to keep it from going down too easy.
Country: United States
Region: Sierra Foothills