Idlewild 2018 Arneis, Wild Ruth Ranch Vineyard, Yorkville Highlands
Item Number: 14048
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Yorkville Highlands
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Wild Ruth Ranch
Grape(s): 100% Arneis
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.2
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 325
Vineyard Notes: Wild Ruth Ranch sits on a lonely ridge in the Yorkville Highlands. Located near the southwest corner of Mendocino County, the climate is marked by a clash of maritime and continental influence. At 1500 feet of elevation, the vineyard often looks down on the fog hugging the valley below, or transverely, the cooling winds run along the ridge as the heat sinks on warmer days. The soils are comprised of deep fractured sandstone with veins of schist. The vine roots work hard to push deep into the rock, and in turn, a powerful core can be found in the fruit grown here. Holistic and organic practices ensure a healthy site for now and for future generations to come.
Vintage Notes: 2018 was a dream vintage. There just aren’t many other ways to say it. There weren’t any surprises or issues, and the cadence of the season was easy. While the summer months were quite warm, the fall was borderline cool. This all translates to the most balanced fruit seen in years. The vintage did extend quite a long time due to the cool fall, but for those who favor both high acidity and depth of flavor, there couldn’t have been a better scenario.
Winemaking Notes: Arneis ripens quickly. Its acidity can fall away overnight on the vine, but one of the pleasures of Arneis is the floral notes that can be lost if picked too early. So, harvesting at just the right moment is harder and more crucial with Arneis than with other varieties as that perfect window is small and fleeting. Once in the cellar, there is little to do. The wine is fermented via native yeast in stainless steel after a whole cluster pressing. Secondary fermentation and aging for four months in neutral oak on lees adds texture and complexity that are counterbalanced by being sure to pick while the acidity is still racy and pure.
Tasting Notes: Wild Ruth is a relatively cool site at just 20 miles from the Pacific. As such, ripening is slow and acid retention is high; both are ideal qualities. Jasmine tea, white peach, fennel, and lemon balm are all aromatic highlights. The palate is bright with a powerful phenolic core. The finish is driving with acidity and a pleasant hint of almond bitterness.