Vinous Media by Antonio Galloni

“All of these wines are great choices for the dinner table. Best of all, they won’t break the bank… This is a huge, overachieving wine and probably the best Dolcetto (2014) I have tasted from California. 92 points.”

Vinous Media by Antonio Galloni

“Bilbro has the rare ability to craft absolutely delicious wines from obscure grapes (in California)… Readers who can find these wines should not miss them, as they are terrific. Carignan – 93 points, Barbera – 92 points.”

9 People You Need to Know in American Wine

“Nepotism is kind of okay when the son is doing something that takes the father’s work and runs with it, right?… Idlewild focuses attention on unique varieties, like plantings of Gavi di Gavi’s Cortese in the Fox Hill Vineyard.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Is Pink the New White?

“Sam and his wife, Jessica, make their own take on Grenache Gris. Think of this more like a light red, with its crimson color, fermented on skins. (As the name suggests, Grenache Gris is a pale-colored cultivar of Grenache.)”

Antonio Galloni: The Undiscovered California

“Idlewild focuses on Italian and other less well-known varieties… The best wines in this range are compelling and point to a bright future. Carignan – 91 pts; Dolcetto – 90 pts; Cortese – 89 pts.” (Log-in required for full review)

Bigger Than Your Head: Worth a Search

“Meticulous attention to detail is made, yet the wines are more nurtured and encouraged than manipulated. Prices are reasonable. I am, frankly, deeply enamored of these wines…”

San Francisco Chronicle: Top 100 Wines of 2013

“…Sam and his wife, Jessica. Their Carignane is from Testa, an old dry-farmed site in Calpella near Highway 101… It’s deeply fruited and distinctly textured, like the best part of chewing a cherry.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Think Pink

“2012 Idlewild Vin Gris: Rosé doesn’t have to just be friendly. Its intellectual side can be as rewarding as a nuanced red… It’s salty in an appropriate way, with chervil, red currant and pear flavors.”

Wine & Spirits: The Seven Percenters

“The openness to new styles now makes it possible for newer labels like the Bilbro’s Idlewild Wines to produce wines exclusively from what you might call “seven percenter” grape varieties.”

Edible Marin & Wine Country: The 7% Solution

“These ‘other’ varietals are, however, finding their way into the hands and hearts of a growing number of Napa and Sonoma winemakers looking to craft distinctive American wines…”

The Tasting Table: Rosy-Cheeked

“It isn’t every day that you stumble on the ideal picnic wine… More tannic than a rosé but more delicate than most orange wines. Whatever the taxonomy, the wine is delicious.”

7x7SF: A New Shade of Pink

“When Sam and Jessica Bilbro decided to make their own wine in 2012, they set out to find some of the most distinctive and unusual vineyards in the North Coast, traditional California varieties be damned.”

Tasting Panel: The Wandering Sommelier

“2014 Dolcetto: a medium bodied red with a refreshing sense of levity… with that zingy, stiff tannin/acid/black cherry thing found in every self-respecting Dolcetto. A wine you can drink all day, and into the night.”

Vinography: Seven % Solution and Ratings

“2014 “Fox Hill Vineyard” Arneis. This wine smells beautifully floral and mineral. In the mouth, flavors of Rainier cherries, white flowers, and wet chalkboard are beautifully balanced and positively gulpable. Outstanding.”

Drink Insider: Chasing the New California Wine

“Sam’s vision, which he is so impressively executing upon today, is to use grapes traditionally grown in the region of Piedmon–to produce intriguing and expressive wines from Northern California. It’s a vision rooted in passion.”

BiggerThanYourHead: 50 Great Wines of 2014

“The usual suspect grapes are included, of course… but you will also find on this list proponents of trousseau gris and grenache gris, carignane and cinsault, crafted by brave pioneers of the unusual, even rare grapes.”

San Francisco Examiner: Indian Summer Days

“Proprietor Sam Bilbro has a particular fondness for Italian wines and he does a bang-up job with both cortese and arneis, two white wine varietals found in Piedmont, yet his Vin Gris of Grenache is equally delightful.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Bouquet of Springtime

“Sam and Jessica Bilbro continue their North Coast tribute to great Italian grapes, and to be honest this new edition of their Arneis beats out most of its Piedmontese competition.”

Serious Eats: For Valentine’s Day…

“Idlewild focuses on grapes somewhat unusual in California, Italian varieties like Arneis, Dolcetto, and Cortese, plus Carignan and the extremely rare Grenache Gris.”

The Press Democrat: Wineries to Watch

“Idlewild Wines is a very exciting case in point. It’s the label of Healdsburg-based husband-and-wife team Jessica Boone Bilbro and Sam Bilbro. They make California wines inspired by Italy’s Piedmont region.”

San Francisco Chronicle: America’s Cornucopia

“Sam and Jessica Bilbro are showing a different side of the region with an array of less-known varieties. Piedmont’s Gavi should be proud of this interpretation of its native grape…”

Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

Sam and Jessica are both fans of texture and acidity. What is found in their wines is a marriage of delicacy and strength… the 2012 wines express pretty floral aromatics with a driver of acidity and persistent tannin.”

7×7: A Once-Forgotten Grape is Reborn in CA

“2012 Idlewild Carignan, Testa Vineyard: A bright wine with flavors of mulberry, sage, coffee, and black pepper… ‘It’s a serious varietal with depth, especially with old vines, yet it’s also juicy and downright delicious. ”

Maker’s Table: Beguiling White and Pinks

“The combination is enchanting. These are wines that bring your nose back into the glass, keep you swirling, keep you tasting. They’re not readily knowable. And that’s not a bad thing. ”

Terroirist Daily Wine Blog: Winemaker Interview

“This week, we’re featuring Jessica Boone Bilbro of Idlewild, one of California’s most exciting new wineries. Wine enthusiasts are always looking for an experience that’s completely arresting… ”


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