"The Suisun Valley lies one ridge-line to the east of Napa. The combination of hot days (on average, 5-7 degrees warmer that Napa at noon) followed by cool afternoons (a direct opening onto Suisun Bay brings maritime breezes in to the area, dropping the temperature to 10-15 degrees cooler than Napa by 2 or 3pm). This allows for the full ripening of tannin in our Petite Sirah, while retaining natural acidity and aromatics -- and a balance difficult to find in this variety. Hand-harvested and 100% whole-cluster fermented in small one-ton fermentors, the Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux was aged for 18 months in neutral barrels before being bottled by hand. All Forlorn Hope wines are produced with NO ADDITIVES save for a modest amount of SO2 post-fermentation or pre-bottling. No commercial yeast, no added acid, no excess nitrogen or "fermentation aids", and no fining. What the vineyard produces is what becomes the wine -- period."
Farming Practices: Minimal impact
Soils Clay: loam
Year Vines Were Planted: 1993
Fermentation: Natural spontaneous fermentation
Maturation: 18 months neutral oak
Country: United States
Sub-region: Sierra Foothills
Total production for 2015 vintage was 52 cases.
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