Idlewild 2019 'Flora & Fauna' White
Origin: North Coast, California (USA)
Grape(s): 56% Arneis / 42% Muscat Canelli / 2% Cortese
Tasting Notes: The 2019 Flora & Fauna White has an intense depth of flavor while retaining a very moderate weight and a lithe finish. This white wine is always a balance of florals, minerals, and spice, but the 2019 has this intense ginger spice against the orange blossoms and wet stones. Just when the wine starts to feel intense and rich in its phenolics and aromatics, the palate turns to this near rain water like lightness with a crisp and clean finish.
Vineyard Notes: Flora and Fauna loosely means the collection of plant and animal life of a certain epoch. In Idlewild's version, it is the collection of varieties from the cellar that make up the blend for the year. For 2019, the blend compromises of roughly 56% Arneis, 42% Muscat Canelli (a.k.a Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco), and 2% Cortese. All three varieties predominantly come from the steep hillsides of Lost Hills Ranch in Mendocino’s Yorkville Highlands AVA, where the vines work hard to dig into the fractured sandstone and schist based soils.