Idlewild "Flora and Fauna -- The Bird" Red, 2016

Idlewild "Flora and Fauna -- The Bird" Red, 2016

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Idlewild is a small winery the produces Piedmontese varietals grown in the elevated hills of Mendocino County. It is owned and operated by Sam Bilbro, a fourth generation California winemaker. Idlewild’s focus is two-fold: First, Piedmontese varieties as single varietal and vineyard wines of typicity, energy, and balance; and second, Piedmontese varietal blends that balance joy and depth while complimenting the table. Emphasis is on the vineyard followed by minimalist winemaking techniques. Idlewild represents the essence of the New California. This movement, defined in Jon Bonne’s book “The New California Wine”, encompasses producers who are working with unusual varietals and making wines of balance and finesse that defy the traditional “new world-old world” divide. These are wines that have been inspired by the their old-world archetypes, yet with unique personalities unto themselves, and firmly rooted in the California terroir. And like their old-world brethren, they are crafted to work well at the dinner table. 39% Barbera, 28.5% Nebbiolo, 26% Dolcetto, 4% Grignolino, and 2.5% Freisa. The grapes were left largely whole cluster and fermentation started with carbonic maceration and then transitioned to a traditional ferment. The wine was pressed off a touch early to ensure that the tannic structure was appropriate for a shorter time in barrel, just four months in neutral oak. Flavors and aromas of black cherry, wild strawberries, dried herbs, olives, fresh soil, and a touch of orange peel.

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