The Wine: Chilion Skin Contact 2019
Ruth Lewandowski Chilion Skin Contact is a white skin-contact (orange wine) natural wine made from 100% Cortes grapes from Fox Hill Vineyard. Over 6 months of maceration with the skins for a wine that Evan Lewandowski describes as "Chilion is a chance for all to see just how incredibly complex this variety is...due mainly to the extended maceration on skins which provide amplified spice, herbs, and phenolics than we're all accustomed to with this particular grape."
The Producer: Ruth Lewandowski (Evan Lewandowski)
Evan Lewandowski is a talented winemaker based in Utah who makes natural wines under the label Ruth Lewandowski. His winemaking philosophy is based on the cycle of death and redemption, in the physical and the spiritual realms. The name Ruth is not from any of Evan’s female family members but from one books in the Bible, the book of Ruth – Evan’s favorite.
Evan believes that: “Death is, indeed, the engine of life. Nothing that is alive today could be so without something having died first. This is the nature of our universe, of our planet, of our soils, plants, and ultimately you and I. The labels for all three wines are likely making a little bit more sense now, the death of each animal and the life springing forth because of it.”
Evan decided to establish his winery in Utah after having fallen in love with the place during his college years – he attended the University of Utah.
The Region: Mendocino