Forlorn Hope "Queen of the Sierra" White Blend
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Forlorn Hope "Queen of the Sierra" White Blend - 2021

Item # 40335 750mL

Composed of Riesling, Chardonnay, and Verdelho, the wine shows all of the aromatic complexity and textural presence that are the hallmarks of wines grown on limestone. The fruit for this estate blend was grown on the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras County at 2000’ elevation. Hand-picked, foot-trod and co-fermented with native yeast in open tank, then transferred to large neutral barrel and bottled unfined, unfiltered with minimal SO2.

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Out of the Sierra Foothills region this is an equally charming and unexpected blend. The strength of bold Chardonnay with the honeyed notes of Riesling, and Verdelho giving it a faint nuttiness. Planted in limestone soil, matured in neutral oak barrels, minimal sulphites added, all make a winning combination. Yellow fruits on the nose meld into bees wax, baked apples, and lemon custard. Forlorn Hope got it's name from a romantic historical reference dating as far back as the English Civil War.Translated incorrectly from a Dutch phrase 'verloren hoop' (meaning literally 'lost troop') the term refers to the group of soldiers who volunteered to fight on the front directly into enemy territory. "Queen of the Sierra" hopefully isn't heading into enemy territory - although California Chardonnay can be polarizing- but she has won me over.

- TD



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