Calaveras County


The name adorning each bottle of Matthew Rorick’s rare creatures stems from the Dutch term ‘verloren hoop,’ referring to the small legion of soldiers sent first into battle to test an enemy’s defenses. Survival for few, a sacrifice for all.

Production at Forlorn Hope presently stands at about a few thousand cases given the vintage, sometimes spanning dozens of different bottlings; an homage ‘to the uncommon sites and varieties that pay tribute to California’s eclectic and often unexpected viticultural heritage.’

Picpoul, St. Laurent, Petit Syrah, Graciano, Mondeuse, Chenin Blanc, Albariño, Grenache, Merlot, Trousseau, Reisling, Verdehlo, Gewürztraminer, Barbera, Semillon, Ribolla Giolla, Chardonnay, Alvarelhao, Muscat, Pinot Gris… all expressing true varietal character, with subtle flourishes of unique, site specific signatures.

Rare Creatures, Funky Produce, Forlorn Hope.