2020 Ruth Lewandowski Feints

A compelling and complex light red blend from Mendocino County, by young gun natural winemaker Evan Lewandowski.

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Curious blend here, demonstrating the fearless and boundary-pushing approach of Ruth Lewandowski wines.

All of the Piemontese varieties at the Fox Hill Vineyard are involved - Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis, plus a smidge of Montepulciano thrown in for fun. This is another of these now cracking red/white blends that are just so easy and excellent to drink: a light red (that is 30% white) that is both complex and carefree at the same time.

Keeping it fresh with carbonic maceration before being foot stomped into a mixture of tank, neutral oak and polyethylene egg and being left to settle and rest on lees for 5 months. Utterly drinkable, pure and refreshing - what’s not to love!

Who is Ruth? I've said it a thousand different ways since the beginning of Ruth Lewandowski Wines, and I think its most comprehensible to explain “Ruth” as a concept more than a living, breathing individual. A concept born out of the affiliation of my own philosophies of farming and winemaking (which indeed spill over to inform so many of my life beliefs) and one small but very significant text in the Old Testament of the Bible, the book of Ruth.

Without sounding 'preachy' and so as not to offend the sensitive, and in the interest of concisely summing things up, I don't believe there to be a deeper, more compelling depiction of the natural cycle of death and redemption (both in the physical realm we can see and the spiritual realm we often do not) than this one short book. "Death is, indeed, the engine of life."

Region: Mendocino County, USA
Blend: Arneis (30%), Dolcetto (33%), Barbera (15%), Nebbiolo (14%), Montepulciano (8%)
ABV: 12.30%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "Fox Hill Vineyard is the star, a remarkable site grown to some older vines and then ‘newer’ Italian varieties. Here’s arneis, dolcetto, barbera, nebbiolo, montepulciano, packed into a slender frame. Ruth (Evan) Lewandowski one of my breakaway, favourite USA producers of recent times.

Succulent red of light weight, sticky tannins, sour red berry fruit, licks of cola, root beer, alpine herbs and sweet earthiness. An edgy wine, tangy and bright, should be drunk cold and yet out of wide glassware (tumblers ok). Layers and layers here, spice, fruit, savouriness, crunch. Vivacious red, utterly delicious." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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