Wine of the Week: Forlorn Hope “Mil Amores”

This delicious wine is SOLD OUT. Check out Forlorn Hope’s Ghanima Napa Valley Merlot in the shop if you want to try one of Matthew Rorick’s fantastic wines. Thanks for the interest!

What delicious rare creatures lurk in the deep recesses of Winelandia? Here’s one from Matthew Rorick – an old school red field blend (a menagerie of different grapes grown in the same vineyard, picked at the same time, and fermented together) from the DeWitt Vineyard in Amador County, near the Sierra Foothills of California. The decomposed granite soils of this unique vineyard are perfect for grape-growing, and some of the most interesting wines we’ve had lately have come from this soil type.

“Mil Amores” (Portuguese for “a thousand loves”)  is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, and Trincadeira – all grapes with Portuguese heritage. It’s lush, sexy, supple, highly aromatic, fresh, pure… everything we look for in both wine and a lover. This is a beautiful and unusual wine with it’s high-toned blue and black fruit aromas, peppered with earth and spice. We know you’ll love it as much as we do – it’s weird enough to satiate our inner wine geek, while being approachable enough for anyone to enjoy. Only 427 cases made, and Forlorn Hope is quickly becoming a household name – it won’t be around for long!

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Winemaker: Matthew Rorick
Bio: Matthew Rorick is a surfer and Gulf war veteran. After the war, he returned to southern California where his grandfather encouraged him to study enology. Forlorn Hope was started in the mid-2000′s. His focus is lost and forgotten varieties, age-worthy white wines, and easy drinking reds. Rorick employs minimalist winemaking methods; he ferments with indigenous yeasts, leaves the grape clusters whole, and only uses small additions of SO2. He was the SF Chronicle’s 2013 Winemaker to Watch, and yes, we are watching!
Region: US>California>Sierra Foothills>Amador County
Vineyard: DeWitt Vineyard. Sustainably farmed. Decomposed granite & quartz soils. 1300′ elevation.
Blend: Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira
Aging: 12 months neutral oak.
Production Notes: A blend of Portugese grape varieties planted in a single block. The grapes were all picked at the same time and co-fermented. Indigenous yeast fermentation took 3 days to get going and lasted for about 2 weeks. Pressed at dryness into used oak barrels and completed malolactic fermentation in the barrel. 427 cases made.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful, complex wine at an unbeatable price. Loaded with black and blue fruit, with earthy and spicy undertones. Medium acidity, medium bodied, with unmatched suppleness and intrigue.
Food Pairings: Duck breast with sour cherry sauce, char-siu glazed pork, grilled beef