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Idlewild 2020 Red Wine 'The Bird'

Idlewild 2020 Red Wine 'The Bird'

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A dark fruited and savory red modeled after Italian red table wines, chewy with firm acid and balanced tannins.

Varieties: 48% Dolcetto, 48% Barbera and 4% Nebbiolo
Vineyards: Fox Hill Vineyard, Lost Hills Ranch
Location: Mendocino, CA
Alcohol: 12.9%

Deep and savory while also being light and fresh. Dark cherry, iron and sanguine notes, warm spices, dried herbs, violets and graphite are highlights of the aromas. The mouthfeel is a joyful interplay of brightness with chewy bass notes before the seriousness kicks in with a firm acid and tannin balance on the finish.

Wines were left largely whole cluster and all fermentations started with carbonic maceration, though none of them were pushed to be fully carbonic wines. Wines were fully tread and pressed a touch early to ensure that the tannic structure was appropriate for a shorter time in barrel, just four months in neutral oak.

Fox Hill vineyard’s soils are well drained with high concentrations of grave, quartz and sandstone and planted predominately with Italian varieties. Lost Hills Ranch sits at 1500ft elevation in the Yorkville Highlands, located near the southwest corner of Mendocino County. Its soils are comprised of deep fractured sandstone with veins of schist. Holistic and organic practices ensure a healthy site.