2016 Idlewild "The Flower - Flora & Fauna" Mendocino County Rosé SKU #1294472


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This wine comes to us from one of the Bilbro brothers of Marietta Cellars, which makes the fan-favorite, unbelievable value blend called "Marietta Old Vine Red." Idlewild Wines is Sam Bilbro's venture, and while it may appear to be the most alternative out of the three, don’t call it hipster. Idlewild focuses primarily on Italian varietals from high-elevation vineyards in Mendocino County. And while Sam has a grassroots, natural approach to his wines, there are no gimmicks or trends here. His straightforward, Old World approach results in wines with both balance and beauty. From the winery- "51% Dolcetto, 25% Nebbiolo, and 24% Barbera. There is a play between savory tones versus freshness and subtlety versus power that make this rosé very intriguing. The aromas are wound up around orange peel, celery salt, grapefruit, alpine herbs, wildflowers, and wet river rocks. The three varieties can all be seen in the structure: Nebbiolo lends the crunchy mineral structure, Dolcetto lends a delicate softness, and Barbera lends screeching acidity."

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  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2016 Idlewild “The Flower, Flora and Fauna” Mendocino County Rosé is mind-blowing. Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera are all co-fermented for this savory, yet vibrant rosé that has that fresh wild berry and sweet tangerine palate that is essential in every rosé, while finishing with an astonishing savory spice element that elevates this rosé from a simple porch pounder, to one that requires a whole meal made around it.


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