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Dragone Ramato Pinot Gris Rorick Family Vineyard - 2020

The Forlorn Hope wines are the result of a project devoted to displaying the wealth of California's viticultural potential as well as championing varieties less common. Winemaker Matthew Rorick is a one-man operation in the winery, tending each fermentation and guiding the wine's cellaring through to bottle. Grown on the Rorick estate vineyard in Calaveras County, on soils comprised of a layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone. The elevation of the vineyard is 2000’. The name ‘Dragone Ramato’ contains both an indication of the style of the wine as well as a historical nod to one of the families that lived on the estate in the early 1900s. ‘Ramato’, translating to ‘copper’ from the Italian, is a traditional style of wine in the Veneto, where Pinot grigio is fermented on the skins as one would make a red wine and results in a lightly colored wine which will become more copper hued as it ages.

  • Brand: Forlorn Hope
  • Region:California
  • Sub-Region:Sierra Foothills
  • Varietal:Pinot Gris
  • Color:White
  • Alcohol:13.0%
  • Size:750ml

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  • Country:United States
  • How much so2 added:minimal effective SO2
  • Climate:Cool, high-elevation Sierra Foothills climate
  • Harvest Technique:Hand harvested
  • Soil:Layer of schist over dolomite-rich limestone
  • Vine Age (year planted):10 years
  • Fermentation:whole clusters placed in fermenter with daily pigeage / wine is racked to neutral barrels after 14 days / racked off of lees at 4 months and returned to clean barrels for 6 more
  • Elevage:10 months in neutral 227L oak barriques
  • Winemaker Name:Matthew Rorick
  • Finning & Filtration:No
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  • Total Production:<200 cases

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