Forlorn Hope

4550 SILVERADO TRL
CALISTOGA, CA
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  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Alvarelhão

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... ... Rorick, producer of the Forlorn Hope wines. “I’m not trying to make low alcohol wines, I’m just trying to make wines without adds (additions).” This mentality, one that does return to an earlier time when wine was made from grapes and didn’t include addition... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Forlorn Hope Ghanima Merlot Lost Vineyard Napa 2012

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    Tobacco and herbal aromas grace the nose which remains a touch vegetal with flashes of black currant fruit . Red fruited on entry and decidedly dusty, stemming tannic, and earthy this is just medium bodied revealing some dark fruit and a little cocoa on the back end. Perhaps a bit short on the palate, and a bit simple, this does show nuanced and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope Gewürztraminer the Faufreluches Russian River Valley 2012

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    Two weeks skin contact Very pretty on the nose which is a little waxy and spicy with green tea, honey, and mint tinged floral aromas over lemon drop, hard candy fruit. Deeply aromatic in the mouth as well this displays lovely honeycomb, heather and pineapple flavors. Dry on the palate and with plenty of tannin providing real mouth grab this is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope l'Asino Santo Barbera Shake Ridge Vineyard Amador 2012

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    Same exact wine as 2012 San Hercumer Barbera Shake Ridge Vineyard Amador but no sulphur added Inky, earthy, darkly fruited and spicy on the nose. Another take on classic Barbera with some VA adding lift and underlying shale like aromas shale. This has a sweet/savory thing going on with handfuls of tobacco laced fruit on the palate and powerful a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope San Hercumer Barbera Shake Ridge Vineyard Amador 2012

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    Deposed granite, quartz, blue schist, soapstone, Very pretty on the nose with classic red plum, soil, and spice aromas. Bright acids supporting red fruit greet the palate which is both pretty plump as well as wiry and vinous. The backend shows off red currant and white cherry fruit, with a little stemmy tannin. The finish is filled with lovely ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope "Mil Amores" 2012

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    Mil adores is desteemed, because the grapes are crazy amount of tannin in the skins, From the Dewitt vineyard in Amador, a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 5% Trincadeira, 30% Tinta Roriz, 15% Tinta Cao Intensely perfumed on the nose with pungent aromas of blue flowers, tobacco like crazy, a hint of passion fruit, spicy plummy fruit, honeysuckle, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope the Story Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard Amador 2012

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    Planted in 79 and 85, own rooted Fermented in neutral wood, more than 14 months in barrel, off lees at ten months. Tight on the nose and inexpressive with only faint mineral and incipient floral notes. Smooth and supple in the mouth, this is reticent, clear, and mineral. Clean and fresh today, there's a nice white orchard fruity core here, a s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho 2012

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    From Vista Luna in Lodi and Dewitt in Amador All barrel fermented Waxy on the nose with big green tea aromas that are joined by faintly herbal, quince, and smoky almond tones. Overall this is a bit earthy and low but quite aromatic with hints of candied citrus peel. Light and then fruity on entry, this comes off as very clean, a bit pithy on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope Nacre Semillon Yountville 2010

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    Nacre =Mother of pearl, wine was made specifically for oysters Vines planted in the 50s. 30 acres of head trained, dry farmed, organically farmed Semillon in the heart of napa valley. Savory, green almost pickle, jalapeño, and naples aromas on the nose. This is tight in the mouth with big acids supporting youthful grapefruit flavors on the pala... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


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