2016 Idlewild "The Bee-Flora & Fauna" California White Blend (Previously $22) SKU #1322102

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K&L Notes

Muscat Canelli, also known as Muscat Blanc or Moscato Bianco, is a wildly aromatic grape variety native to northern Italy. In this case it’s grown on volcanic soils in Lake County, giving the wine a wonderfully mineral drive. Arneis is another native Italian grape (here grown in Mendocino), and produces firmly structured, stony wines laden with minerality and herbal notes. It’s the perfect complement to the Muscat Canelli, and also plays well with the small amount of Cortese, which brings a fresh, citrus-driven acidity. From the winery: "54% Muscat Canelli (a.k.a Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco), 42% Arneis, and 5% Cortese. The explosive aromatics of Muscat Canelli fill the glass, but upon tasting the wine, the balance of the early take of Arneis shows the structural bones. The wine is highlighted by honey, wildflowers, wet stones, salty air, jasmine, and orange blossoms. The mouth feel is shaped like a narrow diamond: lean on the front, just a touch of oiliness and richness through the mid, and then racy and driving through the finish."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm a big fan of the Idlewild label, and Sam's work in general. This wine is no exception. It's a fun blend of Northern Italian varietals that is at the same time delightful, complex and unexpected. It's dry, but with a very expressive, aromatic nose. The palate is quite textural, with some leesy quality in addition to the peach, apricot and pear fruit. It would be an excellent food wine, but certainly drinks well all on its own.


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