Idlewild 2019 'Flora & Fauna' White, North Coast
Item Number: 14896
Sub Region: North Coast
Appellation/AVA: North Coast
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 56% Arneis / 42% Muscat Canelli / 2% Cortese
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.4
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Fractured sandstone and schist
Vineyard Notes: Flora and Fauna loosely means the collection of plant and animal life of a certain epoch. In Idlewild's version, it is the collection of varieties from the cellar that make up the blend for the year. For 2019, the blend compromises of roughly 56% Arneis, 42% Muscat Canelli (a.k.a Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco), and 2% Cortese. All three varieties predominantly come from the steep hillsides of Lost Hills Ranch in Mendocino’s Yorkville Highlands AVA, where the vines work hard to dig into the fractured sandstone and schist based soils.
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. One slight rain event worried the winery, but then 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, the wines are dense and brooding from their long hang-time but also lithe and energetic due to the overall cool season.
Winemaking Notes: Winemaking starts in the vineyard. The grapes are picked when the core of the wine’s pieces overlay into a balance of bright acidity with emerging tones of aromatic depth. From there, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, ferment via native yeast, are left on all the lees and solids, and are aged in neutral oak. Complexity and texture are gained from allowing secondary fermentation and aging on lees in neutral oak for four months, while the structure and acidity from picking plenty early allow for great vibrancy and energy through the wine.
Tasting Notes: The 2019 Flora & Fauna White has an intense depth of flavor while retaining a very moderate weight and a lithe finish. This white wine is always a balance of florals, minerals, and spice, but the 2019 has this intense ginger spice against the orange blossoms and wet stones. Just when the wine starts to feel intense and rich in its phenolics and aromatics, the palate turns to this near rain water like lightness with a crisp and clean finish.