Forlorn Hope Calaveras County Queen Of The Sierra Estate Amber

Forlorn Hope Calaveras County Queen Of The Sierra Estate Amber 2023

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U.S.A. > California > Sierra Foothills

The 2023 Queen of the Sierra Amber Estate blend was organically grown in the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras County at 600m elevation, featuring soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone. Composed primarily of Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, and Chardonnay, this beautifully nuanced and irreverently elegant wine is amongst the best 'skin-contact' bottles we've had in years. 

On the nose, aromas of honey, brown spices, dried apricots, ripe golden pear, and pear skin.

On the palate, flavours of tropical citrus, baked apples, caramel, and peaches.

All fruit for this estate amber blend is hand-picked; fermentation occurred in open top vessels with some fruit being destemmed and some left whole bunch.

A few experimental lots received different treatment: Vermentino fermented in egg and left there sealed and untouched for four months after which it was drained down to barrel.
Much of the Muscat was fermented carbonically.

Once removed from their fermentation vessels the ferments were put down to neutral 227L barrique or blended together in stainless, and remained there until being 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.
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 11.5%
Vintage: 2023

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