2015 Forlorn Hope “Saint Kerrigans” Carignan

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The Poor Ranch lies just outside of Hopland in Mendocino County, on an east-facing hillside made up of volcanic stones and sandy clay soil. The wine’s name is a nod to what many of California’s old-time growers still call Carignan; on this bottle it is a piece of viticultural linguistic heritage preserved along with the produce of the Poor Ranch’s 65 year old vines. Pure, sinuous, and bracingly fresh, with a firm backbone to carry its bright and true fruit core well into the next decade. The fruit was hand-picked and is one of the only red wines which we destemmed for fermentation in 2015. The must received no sulfur at reception and underwent pigeage and/or punchdowns twice daily; fermentation lasted 14 days at which time the wine was pressed down to 227L barriques and 500L puncheons. The wine was racked off of its lees at 10 months and saw a total of 14 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.

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