- 2015 Idlewild Cortese Fox Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (10/13/2020)
Last bottle, and predictably best bottle. It’s full on orange wine now, with skin contact and age combining to create a color not unlike a 30 year old Riesling. I frankly expected oxidation based on the color, but the wine was completely fresh, if offering an evolved aromatic and flavor set. Orange peel, raw almond, spice, apricot- it again echoed older Riesling, but with zero residual sweetness. It managed to be quite food friendly, as the spice and nut tones worked well with our Indian fare. I don’t see it getting more interesting from here, but then I have always been dubious about aging orange wines. This seemed to be a sweet spot in the evolutionary path.
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