Forlorn Hope

Suspiro Del Moro Silvaspoons Vineyard Alvarelhão

9.0197 ratings
9.170 pro ratings
Alta Mesa, Central Valley, California, USA
Alvarelhão
Top Notes For
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.8

tougher than leather...in a good way. big tannins, dusty, bramble-y. fun stuff.

tougher than leather...in a good way. big tannins, dusty, bramble-y. fun stuff.

Jul 31st, 2019
Chris MacLean

Nice burger pairing

Nice burger pairing

Jan 4th, 2019
Kai Wright

Well here’s one way to wash out a long, tough evening—forlorn hope indeed. But it sure brightens the palate and spirit. Fresh, bursting cherries, spring blooms, with just a pinch of baking spice. Lots of zippy acid keeps the mouth watering.

Well here’s one way to wash out a long, tough evening—forlorn hope indeed. But it sure brightens the palate and spirit. Fresh, bursting cherries, spring blooms, with just a pinch of baking spice. Lots of zippy acid keeps the mouth watering.

Jun 5th, 2018
Ian Staub

Tasty and fun at first, but with some intrigue under the surface. Wild and gamey berry fruit, with some deeper notes of violets, leather, musk, forest floor and savory herbs. Medium acidity, medium- tannin. Medium body and very very quaffable. Drink it on its own or with a range of milder dishes.

Tasty and fun at first, but with some intrigue under the surface. Wild and gamey berry fruit, with some deeper notes of violets, leather, musk, forest floor and savory herbs. Medium acidity, medium- tannin. Medium body and very very quaffable. Drink it on its own or with a range of milder dishes.

Nov 28th, 2017
Shawn Paul

Another paradoxical wine: such broad and deep flavors but a concise little package. Great stuff, gamey red fruit with poise and verve.

Another paradoxical wine: such broad and deep flavors but a concise little package. Great stuff, gamey red fruit with poise and verve.

6 people found it helpfulSep 21st, 2015
Vinny Eng

A California unicorn.... Soon on by the glass!

A California unicorn.... Soon on by the glass!

3 people found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2012
Chris Harvey

Decaying leaves, figs, shoe leather, wonderful effervescence. For 12.5% it started a little hot on the nose but has mellowed. Awesome recommendation from Nicholas at goat.sheep.cow south!

Decaying leaves, figs, shoe leather, wonderful effervescence. For 12.5% it started a little hot on the nose but has mellowed. Awesome recommendation from Nicholas at goat.sheep.cow south!

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Light to medium purplish ruby red. A touch of dirty cellar to start with bramble berries, strawberries, and dried meats. Day two and three added some purple floral notes and roses. Medium tannins (6/10) and light to medium bodied. Layered palate with cherry cola on the attack with some herbs, spices, red cherries, strawberries, sage, and a touch savory. Very dry and long finish. Nicely balanced throughout. Drink till 2024.

Light to medium purplish ruby red. A touch of dirty cellar to start with bramble berries, strawberries, and dried meats. Day two and three added some purple floral notes and roses. Medium tannins (6/10) and light to medium bodied. Layered palate with cherry cola on the attack with some herbs, spices, red cherries, strawberries, sage, and a touch savory. Very dry and long finish. Nicely balanced throughout. Drink till 2024.

1 person found it helpfulJul 26th, 2017
Ryan Brazell

Rise Over Run

9.1

Loads of pretty, ripe fruit with that nice balance of confected/savory that whole cluster wines can bring to the table.

Loads of pretty, ripe fruit with that nice balance of confected/savory that whole cluster wines can bring to the table.

1 person found it helpfulDec 24th, 2015
Cory Fierro

Suspiro Del Moro alvarelhao from Alta Mesa, the definition of a rare creature.

The nose. By God the nose is heavenly. Floral, perfumey, candied red berries and red plums and sweet spices to this, cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of pyrazines. On first sniff the nose reminds me of some California pinots I've had, but the palate doesn't match up totally. It's thin but structured, acidic but with tannin. It's a really interesting take on a Portuguese varietal that I'm glad to have found.

Suspiro Del Moro alvarelhao from Alta Mesa, the definition of a rare creature.

The nose. By God the nose is heavenly. Floral, perfumey, candied red berries and red plums and sweet spices to this, cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of pyrazines. On first sniff the nose reminds me of some California pinots I've had, but the palate doesn't match up totally. It's thin but structured, acidic but with tannin. It's a really interesting take on a Portuguese varietal that I'm glad to have found.

1 person found it helpfulOct 8th, 2015