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.
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.
This wine delivers a unique savory component similar to Teriyaki.