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  1. Idlewild Grenache Gris 2013
    Idlewild Grenache Gris 2013
    The Gibson Ranch is the most historical section of McDowell Valley Vineyards and includes these 100+ year old dry farmed treasures. The winemaking is our interpretation of the Ramato style Pinot Grigio's of Northeast Italy; in other words, this isn't quite a Rose nor is it a Red wine. Rather, it is a skin and stem fermented Grenache Gris that shows both fresh delicacy and structure.
    230 cases produced. IDLEWILD WINES

    Bright pink. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange and flowers, with a spicy nuance adding vivacity. Shows very good energy on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes minerally and firm, with strong punch and lingering spiciness.  JOSH REYNOLDS
     
    2013
    Grenache
    USA
    362
  2. Idlewild Fox Hill Vineyard Dolcetto 2013
    Idlewild Fox Hill Vineyard Dolcetto 2013
    The 2013 Dolcetto Fox Hill Vineyard is fabulous. Dark red and purplish fruit, spices, menthol and tobacco meld together in the glass, with firm Dolcetto tannins that emerge on the mid-palate and finish. This is another absolutely joyous, delicious red to drink over the next year or so. ANTONIO GALLONI, www.vinousmedia.com

    (one-third of this wine went through carbonic maceration with whole clusters; two-thirds was destemmed and received a five-day cold soak)
    Bright red. Cranberry, cherry, anise and fresh herbs on the nose. Juicy and light on its feet, with a distinctly sappy quality to the brisk, dry flavors of cherry, red berries and licorice. No obvious sign of oak here (it was aged in neutral French barrels). Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a touch of dryness. I find this very easy to drink. STEPHEN TANZER, Vinous Media
    2013
    Dolcetto
    USA
    362
    Special Price $50.00 Regular Price $60.00
  3. Idlewild The Bird 2015
    Idlewild The Bird 2015
    35% Dolcetto, 35% Barbera, 30% Nebbiolo
    From Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino, California. This is a blend of dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Winemaker Sam Bilbro takes his back country vineyard very seriously; the site rich with interesting varieties. Bilbro is a less-is-more winemaker, preferring natural fermentation, low new-no new oak, low input in winery. A producer to keep a beady eye on.

    Peppery spice, clove, black currants, plum jam, Campari, earth. Wonderful perfume. Exotic, but anchoring you into something Italianate. The palate is breezy and crisp, dosed up with cherry-berry crunchiness and another hit of pleasing amaro sour-sweetness. Light powdery tannin sits on chomp of fruit. It’s bloody delicious, intriguing, smashable. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front 2016
    2015
    Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
    USA
    362
  4. Idlewild The Bird 2014
    Idlewild The Bird 2014
    In Italy, the house wine is often light, fresh, aromatic, and firmly structured so as to pair beautifully next a wide range of foods. That is the inspiration for The Bird. Black cherries, anise, fresh strawberries, freshly turned soil, and spicy floral tones highlight the aromatic profile. The mouthfeel is fresh and bright, leans towards a touch of mouth filling richness, and then quickly moves to a clean and firm food driven finish. IDLEWILD
    2014
    Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
    USA
    362
  5. Idlewild The Bee Flora and Fauna White Wine 2017
    Idlewild The Bee Flora and Fauna White Wine 2017

    Proprietor Sam Bilbro has spent virtually a lifetime around wine. His family owns Marietta, while brothers Jake and Scot are behind the reborn Limerick Lane. At Idlewild, Sam Bilbro focuses on Italian and other less well-known varieties. In addition to these wines, I also tasted the, Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard, Vin Gris Dry Creek Valley and Grenache Gris Gibson Ranch. The best wines in this range are compelling, and point to a bright future. ANTONIO GALLONI, www.vinousmedia.com

    Having had a relationship with the Bilbro family as importers of the Marietta wines some years ago we were delighted to find youngest son, Sam, was behind this new venture, Idlewild. In many ways the wines are the anitpathy of what so many believe Californian wines are supposed to be. Hunting out heritage stands of Italian and Rhone varietals (mostly in Mendocino County) Bilbro makes extremely interesting wines characterised by texture, savouriness and subtlety. Skin contact is a part of the wines as is a relatively non-interventionist approach; both indicative of the preferences of the younger brigade of Calfornia producers. PWS

    The 2017 White The Bee Flora & Fauna, is a classy, polished wine to drink now and over the next few years. Green pear, mint, white flowers and light tropical overtones all grace this very pretty, expressive wine. The Muscat in particular adds an attractive aromatic flair. ANTONIO GALLONI

    2017
    Arneis, Cortese, Muscat
    USA
    362
  6. Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    The DeWitt Vineyard is sustainably farmed, made up of granite and quartz soils. A blend of Portuguese grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira are planted in a single block. The block was picked and co-fermented at the same time. Aged only in neutral oak for 12 months then bottled. The blend is loaded with black, blue fruit, earthy and spicy undertones, unmatched suppleness with lots of intrigue. PWS
    2012
    Tinto, Touriga
    USA
    362
  7. Peay Cep Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Peay Cep Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018

    The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is an incredible value this vintage, with loads of floral aromas over pure, bright red cherries, dried cranberries and rhubarb with accents of tangerine and dust. The palate is light to medium-bodied with bright, earth and spice-laced flavors, juicy uplift and a long finish. 600 cases were made. ERIN BROOKS, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Pinot Noir is pretty and perfumed, with lovely aromatic presence and tons of immediate appeal. Dried flowers, cedar, mint and tobacco all grace this mid-weight, perfumed Pinot. The Cep Pinot is all declassified Peay fruit, so it will give readers a very good idea of what the vintage holds for the estate Pinots. Most importantly, this delicious, affordable Pinot is loaded with class. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous.com

    2018
    Pinot noir
    USA
    362
  8. Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    The 2017 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is striking, especially at this level. Pliant, silky and caressing, with tremendous balance, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay hits all the right notes. Apricot, white flowers, lemon confit and a touch of new oak are all woven together, but it is the wine's balance that I find absolutely compelling. Most of the fruit for the appellation Chardonnay is estate. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    chardonnay
    USA
    362
  9. Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2013
    Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2013
    The 2013 Lytton Springs has really come together over the last year, far exceeding my early expectations. Powerful and explosive in the glass, the 2013 boasts tons of inky blue/purplish fruit, mocha, spices, new leather, lavender and licorice. Readers will have to give the Lytton Springs at least a few years to shed some baby fat, but it is nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage. Once again, the team at Ridge has produced an absolutely compelling Lytton Springs. The 16% Petite Sirah in the blend adds an unmistakable air of gravitas. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2013
    Zinfandel
    USA
    362
  10. Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2018
    Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2018
    The 2018 Geyserville is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Alicante Bouschet. It's incredibly alluring, offering up layers of warm, tricolored fruits and loads of spicy accents on the nose, with a dusty, mineral-tinged undercurrent that adds to its appeal. In the mouth, it's generously fruited and fantastically juicy, its silt-like tannins providing just enough support, and it finishes very long and layered. 9,900 cases produced. ERIN BROOKS, www.robertparker.com
    2018
    Zinfandel
    USA
    362
  11. Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2018
    Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2018
    The 2018 Lytton Springs is magnificent. Elegant, layered and so complete, the 2018 has a lot to offer, but it needs time to fully come together. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up in the glass. Bright acids and beams of tannin give the wine its vibrant energy. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. Wow!.  ANTONIO GALLONI
    2018
    Zinfandel
    USA
    362
  12. Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Pomarium is the most exotic, flamboyant wine in this range from Peay. Soaring aromatics and layers of bold, racy fruit rush out of the glass. Like the other 2017s, the Pomarium needs time to fully come together. Even so, it is impressive today. Crushed raspberry, pomegranate, mint and rose petal are all beautifully lifted in this sublime Pinot Noir. In this tasting, the Pomarium is marked by a very specific exotic quality. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    Pinot noir
    USA
    362
  13. Peay Vineyards Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir 2017
    Peay Vineyards Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir 2017
    The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate Scallop Shelf is distinguished by its bright, focused personality and energy. As it often is, the Scallop Shelf is a wine of reserve and tension, showing plenty of savory and mineral character and less overt fruit than some of the other wines in the range. The 2017 is likely to require at least a few years to come into its own, but it is super-impressive. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    Pinot noir
    USA
    362
  14. Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Dunn's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a pretty, easygoing wine that readers will be able to drink with minimal cellaring. Medium in body with good brightness, the 2016 has quite a bit to offer. Sweet red fruit and floral notes add perfume to the nicely lifted finish. The Napa Valley Cabernet was bottled recently and is a bit reticent, but it offers fine potential. Pretty savory and floral notes extend the finish nicely. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    USA
    362
  15. Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Dunn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a total knock-out. What a wine. In some recent vintages, the Napa Valley Cabernet has been a bit light, but in 2017 it boasts tremendous richness, power and depth. Plush dark fruit, gravel, dried herbs and spice all flesh out in a decidedly intense, kicked up Napa Cabernet. Give it a few years for the baby fat to melt away. This is such an impressive wine. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    USA
    362
  16. Ridge Estate Cabernet 2017
    Ridge Estate Cabernet 2017
    Ridge’s 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous choice for readers who want a Monte Bello fix now, without having to wait. Supple, radiant and silky, with tremendous balance, the 2017 is just flat-out delicious and utterly irresistible. Dark red cherry/plum fruit, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco and a kick of American oak build as this sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows its allure. The 2017 is an outrageously beautiful wine. Don’t miss it. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    USA
    362
  17. Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Forman's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Rich and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2017 has gorgeous depth and a touch of exoticism that is so appealing. Ripe red berry fruit, floral overtones and a touch of spice are all laced together. Just bottled, the 2017 is super impressive, even in the early going. This is an especially racy style for Ric Forman, and yet he clearly got every ounce of potential out of the year. 95 + ANTONIO GALLONI
    2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    USA
    446
  18. Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely impeccable. Best of all, it won't require years in the cellar to be enjoyable. In fact, it is quite expressive today. Juicy dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, leather and cinnamon are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. Silky and supple, with no hard edges, Ric Forman's 2018 is a thing of beauty. The 2018 is a bit more open in the early going than Forman fans are likely to expect. (96) ANTONIO GALLONI
    2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    USA
    446
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