Idlewild 2019 'Flora & Fauna' Rosé, Mendocino
Item Number: 14033
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Fox Hill Vineyard
Grape(s): 37% Dolcetto / 36% Nebbiolo / 27% Barbera
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.9
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravel and sandstone
Vineyard Notes: 'Flora and Fauna' loosely means the collection of plant and animal life of a certain epoch. In Idelwild's version, it is the collection of varietals from the cellar that make up the blend for the year. For 2019, the rosé is a co-fermented blend of 37% Dolcetto, 36% Nebbiolo, and 27% Barbera. While the wine is designated as Mendocino County, the fruit largely comes from Fox Hill Vineyard. Located southeast of Ukiah on Mendocino’s Talmage Bench, the soils are well drained with high concentrations of gravel and sandstone.
Vintage Notes: 2019 began with a late and wet start. The summer came on slowly without excessive heat, and the fall followed with the same pattern. Late September and October turned to an Indian summer of warm days and cool nights which ensured all of the fruit was harvested before the late October fires. In turn, these wines are dense and brooding from their long hang-time but also lithe and energetic due to the overall cool season.
Winemaking Notes: To say the least, it is an unconventional idea for Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera to be co-fermented for a rosé. It should be noted that these grapes ripen at very different times. But in this case, they were all picked together at the moment when their different qualities and stages of ripeness came together and were complimentary. In the winery, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, fermented via native yeast, left on all the lees and solids, aged in neutral oak, and underwent native secondary fermentation.
Tasting Notes: This vintage of the rosé shows the energetic and fresh side of rosé that we love with an added textural depth, making it perfect for food. There is a play between savory versus fresh and subtlety versus power that make this wine very intriguing. The aromas are wound up around orange peel, tart strawberry, grapefruit, alpine herbs, wildflowers, and sea spray. The three varieties can all be seen in the structure: Nebbiolo lends the crunchy minerality, Dolcetto lends a delicate softness, and Barbera lends bright acidity.