Idlewild 2020 'Flora & Fauna' Rose, Mendocino
Item Number: 15644
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Fox Hill Vineyard
Grape(s): 41% Nebbiolo / 30% Dolcetto / 29% Barbera
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.9
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravel and sandstone
Vintage Notes from Sam Bilbro:
"There are so many things that can be said about 2020. Covid, fires, politics, etc all come to mind in an instant for me. But, the further I think on it, the more I find myself feeling grateful for the luck we had. The season itself was moderate, smooth, and beautiful. We somehow escaped the intensity of the smokey skies or were able to pick before there was an issue. From a viewpoint on the year capured in these bottles, it’s a shame that 2020 will always draw remarks of the hardships of the year, because hidden within the bottle (and we are lucky to get to say this) is a really beautiful vintage."
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 varietals from the cellar that make up the blend for the year. For 2020, the Rosé is a co-fermented blend of 41% Nebbiolo, 30% Dolcetto, and 29% 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.
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. 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: This vintage of the rosé is true the last few vintages: all the bright and fresh sides of rosé to love with a pronounced structure to pair with 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, grapefruit, alpine herbs, blood orange, 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.
91 Points (2019 Vintage) Vinous 6/11/2020
"Pungent, mineral- and spice-tinged red currant, pomegranate and blood orange aromas take on subtle floral and herbal nuances with air. Chewy and tightly focused, offering lithe, refreshingly bitter orange pith and cherry pit flavors that slowly loosen up on the back half. The floral note comes back on a long, penetrating finish that sneaks in a subtle Amaro flourish. This vibrant, savory, pink-ish wine checks in at 11.9 ABV."