Month: January 2017

2017 Winter Release!

It’s that time again – to release some new rare creatures into the wild.

In these chill days of winter we bring you four wines to warm the heart and quicken the senses:

2012 Nacré, emerging after four long years of bottle aging in our favorite time of the year for pairing with oysters.

2015 Gemischter Satz, our single-vineyard field blend of nearly 40 different German and Austrian varieties.

2015 Ost-Intrigen, a light and nimble 100% stem-inclusion St. Laurent from Dale Ricci’s Carneros vineyard. Tastes and smells like walking through a Moroccan spice market.

2014 Onavolk, our first release of Merlot grown on the schist and limestone of Rorick Heritage Vineyard. It’s silky, structured and will make you love Merlot again (or for the first time).

Allocations start on Feb 2 – check it!

On the Farm, Day Drinking & Chez Panisse

We have been getting a metric f*ck ton of rain, which is great for the vines and for our reservoir. Matthew says he has never seen the creek as full and raging with water as it is right now.

It was awesome as always to be up on the property and surrounded by vines and ferments. In addition to touring around checking out the frost and water, we did some topping and prepping for bottling. Then we piled in the Toyota & spent a little time in the Vermentino block checking in on the grafts that were put in last season. The block is on an insanely steep incline and a good glute workout was had by all.


This week we will be bottling the Gemischter Satz & some 350ml Late Harvest dessert wine. Excited to get some more rare creatures into bottle & release them into the wild. Speaking of which, keep a look out for the winter release, coming sooooon.

Yesterday we did a tasting @ Ordinaire Wine in Oakland & it was poppin’! Thanks to everyone who came out and day drank their Saturday away with us and to the boys of Ordinaire for the hospitality.

Afterwards we had a fantastic impromptu, traffic-inspired dinner at Chez Panisse. Thanks to John & his incredible team for such a ridiculously lovely experience!

As always, keep up with our shenanigans via Instagram & Facebook – @forlornhopewines & our tasting room @outlandnapa