Producer wine
Ruth Lewandowski Wines

COUNTRY :
United States

REGION :
California

PRODUCTION :

Evan Lewandowski

After working at Binner in Alsace for several years, Evan Lewandowski moved back to Utah to start making his own wine. Using fruit grown at Fox Hill Vineyards and Testa Vineyards in Mendocino county, Evan begins fermentation in California then transports his fermenting juice in a refrigerated U-Haul to his home in Salt Lake City where he completes the fermentation, aging, and bottling process.

When asked to express his viewpoint on organic winemaking, Evan responds: “A winegrower working incessantly in his/her vines, with a mind focused both on the sky above and the soil below, not just the fruit zone, will naturally come to deeply know their vines and their specific place and inevitably seek to eradicate those things that destroy in favor of choosing to support and encourage life.  It must start with these connections in the vineyard. Wine made by these people, the ones earnestly and honestly seeking to know their farms, in the end will be organic wine to me.”

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CUVÉES
Wine

Obed 2022

Region: California
Grape: Riesling, Kerner, Schiava
Vineyard:Lost Hills Ranch, Mendocino, 1500ft elevation
Soil: deep pebbly, rocky well-drained, chloritic schist and sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Riesling is 50% skin fermented, 50% direct press. Kerner and Schiava direct press
Aging: 5 months on lees
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Stock Pot 2022

Region: California
Grape: Gruner Veltliner
Vineyard: Rancho Coda Vineyard, Sonoma, 450ft elevation
Soil: rocky, gravelly loam
Average Age of Vines: 15 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, maceration for around 7-10 days
Aging: 5 months on lees
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Rosé 2021

Region: California
Grape: Tinta Roriz, Souzão, Touriga Nacional
Vineyard: Mostly Fox Hill Vineyard, 650ft elevation
Soil: sandy, rocky clay loam, alluvial soils
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Tinta Roriz whole cluster direct press. Touriga Nacional and Souzao foot trod together, macerated for around 2 hours, pressed.
Aging: 5 months on lees
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“L. Stone”

Region: Mendocino
Grape: Sangiovese Grosso
Vineyard: Fox Hill Vineyard, 24 ha, west facing, 650ft elevation
Soil: alluvial, rocky sandy clay loam from sandstone
Vines: around 30 years old, unilateral cordon training
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2021 -whole cluster, fermentation in flextanks, 25% underwent 6 month extended maceration.  2019 and 2018 – whole cluster, fermentation in stainless steel and polyethylene, 15% underwent 5 month extended maceration.
Aging: 10 months in polyethylene, 12 months in neutral oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Cuvée Sara Beth”

Region: Sonoma
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size:
Soil: clay, rock, sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 25 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, spontaneous fermentation in polyethylene with indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation
Aging: 10 months in polyethylene, sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Tasteful in Nature”

Region: Sonoma
Grape: Friulano, Riesling, Moscato Bianco
Vineyard Size:
Soil: rocky, sandy loam, schist
Average Age of Vines: 19 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 10 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in neutral barrels with indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation
Aging: 12 months in neutral barrels, sur lieliquer de tirage of following year’s harvest, 10 months in bottle
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Tatto” Cuvée Zero

Region: North Coast, CA
Grape: 2022 – Friulano, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Malvasia Bianca, Kerner, Trebbiano, Moscato Bianco 2020 – addition of Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – Friulano, Riesling, Moscato Bianco
Vineyard: Fox Hill, Cole Ranch, Chevalier, Mee, Lost Hills Ranch, Las Cimas. Soil, elevation, and aspect varies
Vines: 5-50 years, head trained, cane pruned
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: all grapes vinified separately, 7-10 day maceration, fermentation in polyethylene, full malo
Aging: 2022 – 10 months on lees, one racking 2019 & 2020 – 6 months in polyethylene on lees, 7 months in bottle
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Dinos to Diamonds”

Region: California, Utah
Grape: Merlot, Sangiovese
Vineyard Size: 1.30 hectares
Soil: limestone
Average Age of Vines: 18 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous co-fermentation in polyethylene with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in polyethylene, sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 

Wine

“Elimelech” Cuvée Zero

Region: Mendocino
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard: Cole Ranch, 7.28 ha, 1500ft elevation
Soil: silty clay loam, alluvium/colluvium from sedimentary rock, mainly limestone and shale
Vines: around 50 years, dry farmed, head trained, cane pruned
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2022 – 10% botrytis grapes, same winemaking as previous vintages. 2019 & 2020 – whole cluster, direct press, fermentation in polyethylene, full malolactic fermentation
Aging: 2022 – 10 months sur lie. 2019 & 2020 – 7 months in polyethylene, sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Abandoned Meander” Cuvée Zero

Region: Russian River Valley
Grape: 2021 – 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot 2020 – Merlot
Vineyard: Las Cimas Vineyard, 800ft elevation, steep east facing hillside
Soil: colluvial rocky, gravelly loam derived from sandstone and schist
Vines: 25 years, bilateral cordon training
Farming: in conversion to organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2021 – whole cluster fermentation 10-12 days 2020 – destemmed, spontaneous fermentation in polyethylene with indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation
Aging: 2021 – 20 months in flextanks on lees 2020 – 10 months in barriques on lees
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

“A label uniquely dedicated to vineyards that are going the way of the dodo, never to be seen again, being ripped out or replanted, or in this case [2021] – a wine that chose a drastically different path than what might normally be desired yet still managed to turn out incredible in its own way.” Evan

Wine

Rosé 2018

Region: California, Utah
Grape: Tinta Roriz, Souzão, Touriga Nacional
Vineyard Size: 1.60 hectares
Soil: sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 17 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, malolactic fermentation in polyethylene
Aging: in polyethylene
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Dinos to Diamonds”

Region: California, Utah
Grape: Riesling
Vineyard Size: 1.30 hectares
Soil: sand, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: in conversion to organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in polyethylene with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in polyethylene sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Feints 2022

Region: California
Grape: Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Vermentino, Trebbiano, Grignolino
Vineyard: Fox Hill Vineyard, 650ft elevation
Soil: sandy, rocky clay loam, sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo vinified together, remaining varieties vinified separately. full carbonic maceration for around 10 days, then all tanks foot trod. two day maceration post carbonic, bladder pressed
Aging: 5 months on lees in stainless, flextank, and neutral barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20ppm after malolactic fermentation, no sulfur at bottling

Wine

“Dinos to Diamonds”

Region: California, Utah
Grape: Picpoul
Vineyard Size: 0.75 hectares
Soil: limestone
Average Age of Vines: 18 years
Farming: in conversion to organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 5 day carbonic maceration, spontaneous fermentation in polyethylene with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 7 months in polyethylene and neutral barrels sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Rosé 2017

Region: California, Utah
Grape: Arneis, Cortese
Vineyard Size: 1.60 hectares
Soil: sandstone
Average Age of Vines: 17 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, malolactic fermentation in polyethylene
Aging: in polyethylene
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/L

Wine

“Naomi” Cuvée Zero

Region: Mendocino
Grape: Grenache Gris
Vineyard: Gibson Ranch, 1000ft  elevation, dry-farmed
Soil: gravelly, sandy loam, alluvium derived from sedimentary rock
Vines: 105+ years, head trained bush vines
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2022 – whole cluster direct press, full malo, aged 5 months on lees. 2019 & 2020 – whole cluster press, 3 week fermentation, full malo
Aging: in polyethylene
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/L

Wine

Mahlon 2021

Region: California
Grape: Arneis
Vineyard: Fox Hill Vineyard, 1.60 hectares, 650ft elevation
Soil: sandy, rocky clay loam, alluvial soils
Average Age of Vines: 30 years
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: foot trod in picking bins, 2 hours of maceration, bladder pressed.
Aging: 5 months on lees
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Chilion”

Region: Mendocino
Grape: Cortese
Vineyard: Fox Hill Vineyard, 1.60 ha, N/NW facing, 650ft elevation
Soil: alluvial, rocky sandy clay loam derived from sandstone
Vines: around 30 years old, head trained, cane pruned
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2021 & 2019 – destemmed, 6 month maceration, fermentation in polyethylene tanks, full malo. 2018 – 8 week maceration, fermentation in polyethylene tanks and neutral barrels
Aging: 2021- 6 months in flextanks and neutral barrl. 2018 & 2019 in polyethylene
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Boaz 2021

Region: California
Grape: Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache
Vineyard: Testa Vineyard, Mendocino County, 700ft elevation
Soil: sandy, fine, pebbly loam, alluvial soils.
Age of Vines: 25-110 years (25 year old Cabernet, 75 year old Carignan, 110 year old Grenache)
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: all three grapes whole cluster co-fermented in stainless open top fermentor for around 10 days
Aging: 10 months on the lees in flextanks and neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none