Idlewild 2020 'Flora & Fauna' Red, Mendocino
Item Number: 16196
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 48% Dolcetto / 48% Barbera / 4% Nebbiolo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.9
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vineyard Notes: The fruit comes from Fox Hill Vineyard and Lost Hills Ranch. Fox Hill lends depth while Lost Hills balances with vibrancy and bright aromatics. In the end, Mendocino is what is most on display with high and low tones and a very pleasant rusticity. In contrast to the varietal bottling of these wines, these grapes are from sections of the vineyard that yield lighter structure.
Vintage Notes: "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 captured 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." - Sam Bilbro
Winemaking Notes: All of these varieties have structure and at the same time a joyous side. The focus in fermentation was to build enough structure for a very versatile food wine but also to emphasize the exuberant and delicious elements of each grape. To do this, the wines were left largely whole cluster and all fermentations started with carbonic maceration. That being said, none of them were pushed to be fully carbonic wines. Instead, the initial lift in aromatics and push on frothy fresh fruits was achieved. Then the wines were fully crushed to allow fermentation to switch to a more standard flow. This gave backbone and savory qualities to act as bass notes to the carbonic high tones. All of the wines were pressed a touch early to ensure that the tannic structure was appropriate for a shorter time in barrel, just four months in neutral oak.
Tasting Notes: In Italy, the house wine is often light, fresh, and firmly structured so as to pair beautifully next to a wide range of foods, and that is the inspiration for this blend. The 2020 is both deep and savory while also being light and fresh. Dark cherry, iron and sanguine notes, warm spices, dried herbs, violets, and graphite are highlights of the aromas. The mouth feel is a joyful interplay of brightness with chewy bass notes before the seriousness kicks in with a firm acid and tannin balance on the finish.