Guest Post: Julia van der Vink
Three weeks after team FH celebrated the end of harvest, we had to go back for one more. A new Forlorn Hope sweet wine is on deck, from a blend of Weissburgunder, Kerner, Rieslaner, and Bacchus, picked late harvest this week from the Mokelumne Glenn Vineyard in Lodi.
Matthew and Brett Koth troll for late harvest Rieslaner
Brett Koth holds MGV's 2009 Dreirebe in front of the Mokelumne Glenn
We have been excited about the wine coming off the Mokelumne Glenn Vineyard from the moment we discovered the site, (thanks to a tip from our friend Elaine Brown).
In early October, we picked all 29 white varieties from the library block for our first 'Gemischter Satz', (a blend of Optima, Faber, Riesling A49, Scheurebe, Riesling GM239, Wurzer, Freuhburgunder, Weissburgunder, Forta, Muller Thurgau, Noblessa, Sylvaner, Gutedal, Arnsberger, Traminer, Gruner Veltliner, Sirius, Roter Veltliner, Mario Muscat, Perle, Oraniensteiner, Albalonga, Siegerebe, Gewurztraminer, Huxelrebe, Riesling GM110, Riesling GM198, Kanzler, and Ehrenfelser). The barrel is finishing fermentation at FH-HQ as we speak!
However, as the dry November in Lodi provided nearly perfect conditions for late harvest wine, we couldn't help but return a few days before Thanksgiving for one last pick.
With the help of some friends, we were able to bring in a half ton of rocket fuel.
40 gallons of Forlorn Hope's 2013 MGV Late Harvest 'Vierrebe' are currently fermenting in the cellar!
Big thank you to Evan Frasier, Alex Kongsgaard, and Lauren for volunteering to pick with us in exchange for omelets.
And thank you to Bob, Mary Lou, and Brett Koth for everything you do.