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2015 Onavolk Merlot

$38.00 750mL
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The 2015 Onavolk was grown in the Rorick Vineyard in Calaveras County, on soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone.  The framework for this wine is one of high acid and firm tannins -- both elements are hallmarks of wines grown on RHV. From this base of structure we are flooded with generous fruit: black plums and brined olive balanced with ample crushed stone and swirls of dusty, dry soil. There's an incredible savory aspect that continues to unfold as the wine opens, with notes of sandalwood, cassis, lavender, and cherry.

This Merlot was hand-picked and fermented with 100% stem inclusion. Vigorous pigeage was undertaken at reception in order to avoid carbonic character -- perhaps call it a “stem inclusion” fermentation as opposed to “whole cluster” fermentation; an important distinction as the term “whole cluster” can imply that the clusters are sound/unbroken at the start of ferment, resulting in carbonic maceration. Following this treading, the fruit was placed in an open-top vessel; 2 manual punchdowns were applied daily until the wine was dry. Primary fermentation lasted 20 days, at which time the wine was pressed down to neutral 227L barriques. The wine was racked off of its lees at 10 months and saw a total of 20 months elevage. 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.


  • AppellationCalaveras County
  • Production52 cases
2015 Onavolk Merlot  - Forlorn Hope Wines



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