The Wilder Side of Rosé: New Types of Pink to Drink This Summer

2016 Idlewild ‘The Flower, Flora & Fauna Rose’ Rose ($22): This super juicy blend of dolcetto, barbera, and nebbiolo from Mendocino gets better every year. The winery, founded in 2012, focuses on Italian varieties, and this complex pink wine would be great with the salumi you find at the owner’s wine bar.

The New York Times: 20 Wines Under $20: The Savory Side of Rosé

“Sam Bilbro’s family is behind the idiosyncratic Marietta winery in Northern California, so it is not surprising that his own project, Idlewild, would also have the idiosyncratic goal of making wines from northwestern Italian varieties in Mendocino. The Flower is a delightful rosé, made of dolcetto, nebbiolo and barbera. It smells like red fruits, flowers and citrus but is savory, almost salty, and delicious.”

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.”

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)

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.”


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