In the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County, Rorick Vineyard stands out as unusual. The soils are unusual, consisting of a thin layer of topsoil over schist and fragments of the large limestone dolomites that rise in the middle of the property. The vines are unusual, with Albariño planted on a steep downslope at the top western edge of the property. And finally, the grower is unusual, as Matthew Rorick has made a name for himself as a champion of all the "rare creatures" - unusual grape varieties planted in California.
The Rorick Vineyard Albariño is barrel fermented and aged on its lees, leading to an unusually deeply flavored Albariño that maintains its natural acidity.
In 2014, 48 cases of this wine were produced.