TN: 2019 Idlewild Flora & Fauna Red (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County)

2019 Idlewild Flora & Fauna Red - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (1/3/2023)
The Flora & Fauna Red Wine, a blend of Barbera, Dolcetto and a dash of Nebbiolo (until 2020 when some other red grapes were added to the mix) is still my undisputed best wine for pizza, or other unfussy fare. Last night it was a white bean and pork dish, and the brightness of the wine played off the richness of the food. The dark red fruit showed a bit of sappiness from the Barbera, with the Dolcetto structure keeping everything properly aligned. A glass after dinner was just as enjoyable on its own, and didn't really change much over the course of the two+ hours I sampled the wine. I've held various vintages of this and its "The Bird" predecessor for 5+ years in the past, so there's lots of time in hand for this bargain of a wine.

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