Idlewild Wines - Flora & Fauna Rosé

Idlewild Wines - Flora & Fauna Rosé

A co-fermented blend of 41% Nebbiolo, 30% Dolcetto, and 29% Barbera. While the wine is designated as Mendocino County, the fruit largely comes from Fox Hill Vineyard. Located southeast of Ukiah on Mendocino’s Talmage Bench, the soils are well drained with high concentrations of gravel and sandston 

I grew up hanging out in a winery converted from an old cow barn, walking vineyards, and tasting blends with my dad. Later, while in the restaurant industry, I was exposed to wines from across the globe and was especially struck by the wines of Italy’s Piedmont.

Learning natural systems and the world of wine in general was my route to making wine and starting Idlewild. I was also fortunate to have many friends and family to learn from along the way.

Emilia and Hudson are the kids, as well as my inspiration and joy. It’s funny how life seems to work in circles: these two are now walking vineyards and tasting blends with me.

-Sam Bilbro

The aromas are wound up around orange peel, grapefruit, alpine herbs, blood orange, wildflowers, and sea spray. The three varieties can all be seen in the structure: Nebbiolo lends the crunchy minerality, Dolcetto lends a delicate softness and Barbera lends bright acidity.

Fish, Poultry, Funky Cheeses, Mixed Pastry 

About the Winemaker

I grew up hanging out in a winery converted from an old cow barn, walking vineyards, and tasting blends with my dad. Later, while in the restaurant industry, I was exposed to wines from across the globe and was especially struck by the wines of Italy’s Piedmont.

Learning natural systems and the world of wine in general was my route to making wine and starting Idlewild. I was also fortunate to have many friends and family to learn from along the way.

Emilia and Hudson are the kids, as well as my inspiration and joy. It’s funny how life seems to work in circles: these two are now walking vineyards and tasting blends with me.

-Sam Bilbro

Tasting Notes

The aromas are wound up around orange peel, grapefruit, alpine herbs, blood orange, wildflowers, and sea spray. The three varieties can all be seen in the structure: Nebbiolo lends the crunchy minerality, Dolcetto lends a delicate softness and Barbera lends bright acidity.

Pairings

Fish, Poultry, Funky Cheeses, Mixed Pastry