Forlorn Hope 2018 "O.D.B." Trousseau Noir, Calaveras County, California, USA

Forlorn Hope 2018 "O.D.B." Trousseau Noir, Calaveras County, California, USA

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Forlorn Hope 2018 "O.D.B." Trousseau Noir, Calaveras County, California, USA

Winemaker: Matthew Rorick

Farming: Organic

Varities: Trousseau. The Trousseau vines in Rorick's vineyard were propagated from a clonal selection with a long history in the Sierra Foothills. Prior to Prohibition, UC Davis ran an agricultural station in the town of Jackson in which vines commonly found in the Foothills at that time were studied. The Jackson Research Station was abandoned in the 1920s; in 1989 cuttings of surviving vines were recovered and brought back to the Viticulture Department at the university. Among them was Trousseau, which we have brought back to the Foothills in the Rorick vineyard after a nearly a century-long absence from the region. 

Terroir: Grown on the Rorick estate vineyard in Calaveras County, on soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone. Elevation of the vineyard is 2000’. This combination of limestone, elevation, and the cold nights of the Sierras produce fruit with depth, texture, and brilliant natural acidity

Vinification: Minimal handling in the winery allows for an honest and pure expression of site and variety to shine through. The fruit was hand-picked, total stem inclusion with vigorous pigeage then put into a small open-top fermenter. The must received pigeage and/or punchdowns twice daily; fermentation lasted 14 days at which time the wine was pressed down to 500L puncheons of neutral oak.

Aging: The wine was racked off of its lees at 8 months and saw a total of 14 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

As with all Forlorn Hope wines, 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.

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