2018 Verdelho RHV
Across more than a decade of working with Verdelho grown in vineyards from Napa Valley, across Lodi, and in the Sierra Foothills, we have long believed that this variety is particularly well suited to California’s climate. Even so, we were entirely unprepared for how much our Verdelho enjoys being grown on the limestone of Rorick Heritage Vineyard. With a balanced interplay between bright acidity, depth of flavor, and textural richness, this wine is a beautiful expression of the heights that Verdelho can attain in our state and will age extremely well. It is among the noblest of the wines we produce.
The fruit was hand-picked and foot tread before pressing, allowing for a small amount of pre-fermentation skin contact. Once pressed, the juice was racked off of its heavy solids into a 400L puncheon. Our RHV Verdelho tends to ferment quite slowly, but the 2018’s fermentation was exceptionally long and slow, lasting a mind-bending 31 months. The extended duration of fermentation has built layers of depth complexity atop the ample natural acidity provided by both site and variety; the resultant wine is a profound and unique expression of Verdelho. Upon completion of fermentation in April of 2021, the wine was racked off its lees and bottled in June of 2021. 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.
- Production41 cases
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