2018 Ruth Lewandowski 'Feints' Cuvée Zero
Region: Mendocino < California
Grapes: 38% Arneis, 32% Dolcetto, 16% Barbera, 14% Nebbiolo
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; zero additions, not even SO2; unfined/unfiltered; 12.2% ABV
Winemaker Evan Lewandowski
Oh how we love Evan’s wines – and so do all of you, apparently, as they’re becoming harder and harder to get. Feints, his delicious red/white co-ferment, is now allocated -- but we got 3 cases, wheeee! Whereas in previous vintages, Utah-boy Evan bought fruit from organic vineyards in California and trucked the fermenting juice cross country in a refrigerated U-Haul to make the wine in Utah, he has now moved his production to California. So, it’s the same delicious juice with a lower carbon footprint. Win! Made of Italian varietals (from the Piemonte region) that grow together organically in the Fox Hill Vineyard, this light red gets the full carbonic treatment.
We love the way Evan describes it: an unexpected carbonic co-ferment of Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Arneis. Three reds and a white; one big happy fruity funky fresh family. This is the wine that introduced many of you to Ruth Lewandowski Wines and for some of you this is the wine that first showed you the benefits of drinking wine grown/made in this manner. I can't tell you how happy that makes me. This wine was born from very difficult circumstances in 2013...I had no idea if I was going to like it, if YOU were going to like it. Here we are, 6 vintages later and I'm completely smitten. I simply cannot make enough of it because YOU all can't DRINK enough of it! Unfortunately, Feints goes quickly so don't dilly-dally here. Thankfully, I get to make it all over again every year. 875 cases lovingly made.” Chill this baby down for 30 minutes in the fridge, and try not to slurp it down, which is hard because it tastes like sophisticated adult fruit punch.