Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra Amber- grippy tannins and tight acid
It was only a matter of time before Forlorn Hope expanded their color template. Not only does the Queen of the Sierra line feature red, white, and pink, but now they have Amber. Planted at 2000 feet on the Sierra Foothills in Calaveras County, Rorick Heritage Vineyard has soils of schist/dolomite/limestone that yield a lovely blend of Verdelho, Albariño, Muscat, Chardonnay, and Vermentino. Handpicked fruit was processed in a combo of concrete, steel, and neutral 227-liter barrique for balance and complexity. Like our Queen of the Sierra Rosé, there is nothing added: no cultured yeast, Malo bacteria, water, acids, enzymes, nutrients, sugars, etc.). Only a tiny bit of SO2 goes into this unfined/unfiltered wine. Bottled in June 2020.
Flavor Profile: Medium-bodied, dry. At just under 12% ABV, Amber is the color of cantaloupe with a peachy nose. The palate shows Rainier cherry, pear, and apricot before a textured dry finish of grippy tannin and bright acids. Pair with grilled fish, fried food, potato dishes, and Asian fare.