Now, imagine wines labeled with just a county designation instead of an AVA. What would seeing Calaveras County on a label mean to wine consumer? You'd probably be hard pressed to guess what's in the bottle on that information alone. Well, Matt Rorick of Forlorn Hope decided to do just that when his family and he purchased an old beat-up vineyard up on the slopes east of Stockton. As a winery not known for producing the market-darling varieties, the collection of 'forgotten' cultivars found in a forgotten region up in the Sierra Foothills should fit right into Forlorn Hope's portfolio of Rare Creatures often labeled with fanciful names instead of the cultivars. After all, Rorick is a champion of cultivars more similar to David than the goliath Cabernet Sauvignon.
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