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Forlorn Hope Semillon - Buon Vino Organic Wines
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Forlorn Hope Nacré Semillon, Napa Valley California 2011/12

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Production Method Natural, Organic
Country USA American
Region California, USA
Producer Yount Mill Vineyard
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Semillon
Alcohol 11.6%


Forlorn Hope Semillon, Napa Valley California, Winemaker Mathew Rorick says of this wine "Mother of pearl, lustrous and comely, the conveyance of Aphrodite. At once austere and inspiring, this Semillon offers beauitous idiosyncracy on the half shell, rewarding equally the wild abandon of immediate gratification and patient stoicism". Nacré refers to the colour of oyster pearl. The grapes are picked early to retain freshness, and as a result are low alcohol at just 11%, with a crystalline purity and zippy acidity. A wine that will change and develop over time if you have the patience to wait for it! The grapes are destemmed and pressed, then fermented in old and neutral barrels.

“The Forlorn Hope wines were born to connect the thread between California’s boundless viticultural potential and its diverse viticultural history. In addition to the vines my family and I farm, I work with a handful of growers across the north of the state whose plantings might otherwise be misfits: the uncommon sites and varieties that pay tribute to California’s eclectic and often unexpected viticultural heritage. Taking cues from the stones and soil, I endeavour to interrupt the natural development of each of his wines as little as possible in order that the character and uniqueness of each vineyard site may take centre stage.” After reading a book about the Duke of Wellington’s peninsular campaign against the French, Matthew became intrigued with “forlorn hope” – a permutation of “verloren hoop,” Dutch for “lost troop,” both of which refer to soldiers chosen as the first wave in an offensive. Massive casualties were a way of life, but survivors reaped significant benefits.

Each of the Forlorn Hope wines may be put through very different fermentations en route to becoming one of their “Rare Creatures” -- Sèmillon, for example, is destemmed and pressed, then fermented in old and neutral barrels; Gewürztraminer is destemmed and fermented on the skins; Alvarelhão is fermented whole-cluster with no destemming or initial breaking of the fruit – but throughout it all a common vein runs through the thought process in the cellar: listen to what the fermentation is saying as it transforms from fruit into wine. What does it want to become? In what direction does its nature want to lead it?

No new barrels are ever used in the Forlorn Hope cellar. Currently, the oldest 60 gallon vessels are from the 1997 vintage.

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