Dexter Lake is an extension of Matthew Rorrick's culted winemaking with the Forlorn Hope wines. Dexter Lake is a larger production but maintains the rock n roll swagger you know and love. All fruit for the Dexter Lake wines is hand-harvested. The wine is fermented in a combination of open-top fermenters and closed-top tanks with punchdowns done by hand. The ferments are pressed at dryness, averaging 2-3 weeks total time on the skins. No commercial yeasts are ever added: all of Dexter’s fermentations occur with yeast native to the vineyard. No new oak is used on the wine, and it is bottled unfined and unfiltered after 2 years elevage.
The 2014 Dexter Lake is a blend of wines grown on Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Calaveras County, in the Sierra Foothills. At 2000’ elevation, the soil consists of a layer of schist overlaying limestone. The ‘14 Handlebars predominantly consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Graciano, with small amounts of Zinfandel, Barbera, Merlot, Trousseau, and Mataro.