Finally getting around to typing up my notes from tasting this new set of Idlewild wines. Sam continues to fill out his portfolio of wines with a Piedmont heritage.
2020 favorita Fox Hill Vineyard, Mendocino County: Citrusy, powdery, herbal nose. Grapefruit, lime, minerals and a bit of tropical pineapple in the mouth. Very good acidity, light in body, I suspect this will put on some weight and texture with a little time in the bottle. Treat this as a very refreshing summer white. Very gulpable 11.5% ABV
2020 Freisa Fox Hill Vineyard, Mendocino County: Aromas of iris, rose, spice and fragrant strawberries. Morello cherry, wild strawberry, orange peel and mint. Mouthwatering acidity and firm but ripe tannin round out the flavor profile. Medium body, with the acid - tannin structure I can see this pairing with lots of different foods. Great first effort! 12.4% ABV
2020 Grignolino Fox Hill Vineyard, Mendocino County: Mixed red fruits on the nose along with a mild musk like note. Bing cherry, fresh red raspberry flavors with crushed fresh herbs, rocks and stones. Vibrant flavors, plenty of both acid and tannin but both are balanced with the fruit and other flavor notes. Like the Freisa this wine will be versatile at the dinner table. Another great first effort! 12.2% ABV
I have been lucky to get to know Sam Bilbro over the past 9 years. About the nicest most passionate person you will ever meet. Sam has always taken a strategic “long view” about the Idlewild Brand and it has paid off. Let’s face it, Favorita, Freisa and Grignolino are not going to make Idlewild rich but Sam wants to provide customers with a complete collection of what Piedmont can look like in California. Over the past 8 years the Idlewild portfolio has grown to include the following Piedmont varieties and blends. Quite an accomplishment!
Flora & Fauna White Blend
Flora & Fauna Red Blend
Flora & Fauna Rosé
Timorasso (planted, in the future)