Idlewild’s focus is two-fold: First, exploring Italy’s Piedmont varietals as a way to further California’s wine spectrum, and second, paying tribute to California’s viticultural past by seeking out great yet uncommon old vine plantings.
2013 Vin Gris, Yorkville Highlands
The nose is brimming with grapefruit, spicy flowers, and a touch of fresh herbs. The mouth feel comes in fresh and bright and is then softened by a touch of yeasty richness, salinity, and crenshaw melon.
$22.00 per 750
2013 Grenache Gris, Gibson Ranch
The aromatics are a range of blood oranges, spicy flowers, savory herbs, and pink peppercorns. As hoped, the 2013 is a chameleon showing the freshness of Rose’ as well as the structure of a light red.
$28.00 per 750 ml
2013 Arneis, Fox Hill Vineyard
Pear, jasmine, and marzipan are the dominant aromatic features. Though, there are also layers beneath that show fresh floral alpine air and sweet garden herbs. The mouthfeel shows plenty of driving acidity with just a touch of richness.
2012 Cortese, Fox Hill Vineyard
Partially fermented on skins, this unique wine shows hazelnuts, honey, walnut skins, ripe blossoms, spiced apples, and slight candied orange aromas. The mouthfeel is rich, broad, and textural while still being very clean and vibrant.
2012 Dolcetto, Fox Hill Vineyard
Juicy cranberry and bing cherry, spicy flower blossoms, slight anise, and hints of almonds mark the aromas. This wine balances the fine line of being fun and gulp-able while still showing layers of complexity and depth.