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 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 Valdiguie, Enzenauer Vineyard
It is clear from the first smell that this wine is fun, yet it also has a serious side. Candied watermelon, tart red raspberries, lemon thyme, verbena, pine needles, and pink peppercorns are all highlights.
$22.00 per 750
2013 Dolcetto, Fox Hill Vineyard
Wild cherries, dusty earth, fennel pollen, roses, and touch of citrus peel are all delicately balanced in the aromatics. The mouthfeel is light and fresh with a pleasantly tannic finish that is reminiscent of fresh almonds.
$30.00 per 750
2013 Carignan, Testa Vineyard
Mulberry, black cherry, sage, cacao, hints of brush and bramble, slight cappuccino, pepper, and mulling spice highlight the aromas. The mouthfeel is vibrant and light though with plenty of purpose and depth.
$32.00 per 750
2013 Barbera, Fox Hill Vineyard
This Barbera shows the savory side of the grape. Macerated black cherries and plums make up the fruit profile, while undertones of rosemary, thyme, minerals, and balsamic add complexity. Plenty of acidity lends balance.
$32.00 per 750
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.
2013 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.