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Forlorn Hope

Queen of the Sierra Rose 2020


no added sulfur

Country: USA

Region: Sierra Foothills

Type: Rose

Grape: Zinfandel/Grenache/Tempranillo

The color of fresh watermelon juice, Queen of the Sierra Rose is an unfiltered/unfined blend of Zinfandel, Grenache, and Tempranillo made by winemaker Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope.  Rorick uses fruit from the cool Sierra Foothills, at the edge of Stanislaus National Park, which is whole-cluster-pressed to old 60-gallon barrels where it awaits spontaneous fermentation and sits on the lees for several weeks through malolactic fermentation and until bottling. The wines are spontaneously fermented by native yeast and nothing is used in winemaking except hand-picked grapes.

This is a pure expression of red and pink fruit. The nose, palate, and finish are fresh and bright, with notes of cranberry, melon, rose hips, passion fruit and limestone.