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Idlewild Arneis, Lost Hills Ranch 2019 (750 ml)

Idlewild Arneis, Lost Hills Ranch 2019 (750 ml)

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Much like the Cortese, Arneis is a white grape found in Piedmont, done in a hommage to the winemaker's love for this region.  Sharper than the Cortese counterpart with more flamboyant fruit and liveliness.

The wine is fermented via native yeast in stainless steel after a whole cluster pressing. Secondary fermentation and aging for four months in neutral oak on lees adds texture and complexity that are counterbalanced by being sure to pick while the acidity is still racy and pure.

Jasmine tea, white peach, fennel, and lemon balm are all aromatic highlights. Bright with a powerful phenolic core and a finish driving with acidity and a pleasant hint of almond bitterness.

Idlewild has a relatively concise aim within a broad context: to produce wines of exceptional balance and beauty. It is a journey to pursue Italy’s Piedmont in the elevated hills of Mendocino County, and to find the sides of these varieties that are intriguing, delicious, and haunting.

Each wine is unique and treated as such, though the common thread is balancing depth and seriousness with vibrancy and joy. Emphasis is on the vineyard followed by minimalist winemaking techniques. While not dogmatic in practice, an honest and sustainable approach is fundamental in making wines of purity.

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