Cracked into my latest Idlewild shipment last night:
1. Idlewild Cortese FoxHillVnyd/MendoCnty (13.1%; www.IdlewildWines.com) 2018: Med.light yellow color; fairly strong Cortese/stony/chalky/dusty light floral/carnations pure Cortese fruit nose; rather tart/tangy fairly strong stony/chalky/dusty light floral/Cortese/carnations quite attractive flavor; very long rather mineral/stony/chalky/dusty some floral/Cortese/carnations finish; a lovely expression of Cortese that would be right at home w/ its Piemontese sisters but w/ more floral fruit; no signs of skin-contact/ViniMacerati whatsoever. $40.00
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. In the last some vintages, Sam as made his Cortese w/ some skin-contact Cortese therein, made from the riper Cortese on the South-facing side of the row. It has a way of aging into a very exotic expression of Cortese, unlike anything from the Piemonte. In this '18 version, I could not pick up any signs of skin-contact. Made for a much more conventional expression of his Cortese.
Tom