2019 Ruth Lewandowski Boaz

A gorgeously savoury, frisky and focused medium-bodied red blend by natural winemaker Evan Lewandowski from Mendocino County.

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An uncommon blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon from the excellent Testa vineyard in Mendocino County. Some genuinely old vine material here (the Carignan ~80 years and Grenache ~100 years) viewed through the lens of up and coming natural winemaker Evan Lewandowski.

These parcels of beautiful fruit are co-picked and co-fermented as 100% whole-cluster to keep the vibe light and bright. The juice is treated very gently all the way through ferment after which it is pressed to large format, neutral oak where it is left on full lees to rest for a further 12 months.

Despite being the ‘biggest’ wine in the Lewandowski range this is still lithe and acid driven, with an array of dark fruits, exotic spices and a savoury slant. Drinkability is very high here, pure and lovely. No added sulphites.

Three of the niftiest parcels off the Testa Ranch are picked together and are joined in whole cluster fermentation matrimony. Old vine Carignan, very old vine Grenache, and some of the sexiest Cabernet Sauvignon out there come together as one to provide a window into the world of the Testa family and what they've been up to for the last 100-plus years. It's the burliest red of the bunch, but it remains lithe, acid driven and focused.

Region: Mendocino County, USA
Blend: Carignan (78%), Cabernet Sauvignon (13%), Grenache (9%)
ABV: 13.30%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "Carignan, cabernet sauvignon, grenache in this mix, and all off one Testa Vineyard in Mendocino County. A dry farmed site, older vines (carignan 80 years, grenache 100 years). From Evan Lewandowski, a renaissance winemaker bringing colour and life plus high quality wine to the modern California wine conversation.

Game meat, raspberry scents, sage leaf, mint, undergrowth notes. A pretty yet savoury profile greets us. Supple and succulent in the palate, a swish of dark fruits, brined black olive, exotic spice, rose hip tea, charry spice and dried leaf crackle to the finish. Moreish, wonderful stuff, a thing unto itself with charisma and drinkability in spades." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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