Forlorn Hope Gamay-Garganega Gargamay 2020

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Winemaker: Matthew Rorick

Appellation: Napa Valley, California

Grape Varieties: Zinfandel

Rare Gem! Only a few bottles remain...

2020 ‘Gargamay’ Gamay + Garganega (red and white) co-ferment! SUPER RARE - only 12 bottles remain!

When life hands you lemons, you make a brand new wine no one has ever heard of and you had no intention of making in the first place...Our struggle of growing Gamay in the vineyard is, as the kids say, real. In addition to heavy frost and deer damage year after year, we were also blessed by the Grape Gods of Fury by getting Garganega plant material to graft onto the rootstock when we actually ordered Gamay...For those of you who don't know what Garganega is, welcome to the very large club. It is a white grape from the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is most known as the primary grape in Soave wines, which can be rich, textural peach-y and herbaceous turning toward nutty after some age. 

Anyway, when we realized there were white grapes growing where more Gamay should have been, we decided to pick the whole lot and ferment it together for a potentially never been done before Gamay + Garanega amalgamation.

Only 46 cases made!

At Forlorn Hope Wines, we love the longshots. We love the outsiders, the lost causes, the people/projects/ideas abandoned as not having a chance in the world.

We love the little guy because we’re all about tenacity, we relish a challenge, and – we admit it – we love us a good tussle. Taken from the Dutch ‘verloren hoop’, meaning ‘lost troop’, Forlorn Hope was the name given to the band of soldiers who volunteered to lead the charge directly into enemy defenses. The chance of success for the Forlorn Hope was always slim, but the glory and rewards granted to survivors ensured no shortage of applicants. These bottles are our headlong rush into the breach. Rare creatures from the limestone slopes of Rorick Heritage Vineyard, these wines are our brave advance party, our pride and joy – our Forlorn Hope.