Forlorn Hope Queen of the Sierra Amber
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: 60-year-old, dry-farmed, head-trained Deanda Vineyard is organically farmed by Sarah Deanda in the Redwood Valley. Her Chenin Blanc, which dates back to the 1960s, was grafted onto Carignan rootstock, and the seven acres under vine take character from the sandy clay loam soils. The climate of the upland Redwood Valley AVA experiences more of a diurnal temperature shift than surrounding appellations due to a gap in the coastal ridge which funnels cool Pacific air currents through to the Valley. This leads to a more gradual ripening of refined and complex fruit.
AVA: Redwood Valley
Method: After an initial foot crush, we macerated this Chenin Blanc for one night, then pressed the juice off the skins into neutral oak barrels where it fermented on lees for 12 months. We then racked the wine into a bottling tank where it spent another 3 months prior to bottling. The wine stabilized at 5 g/L of residual sugar. As always, no fining, filtration, or addition of SO2 in the making.
Tastes and Smells: Unctuous, this wine is that. This vintage of Chill Pill is a little different than our last release, it shows alot more texture, ripe fruit and a silky soft mouthfeel. We get wax, lanolin, lemon curd, whetstone and wool. Add some white and yellow flowers some wild grasses and you get this, a Sassy Grassy tasty white wine.