The Wine: Naomi Grenache Gris 2019
Ruth Lewandowski Naomi Grenache Gris is a white natural wine made from 100% Grenache Gris grapes from Gibson Ranch. Evan Lewandowski describes it as "Grenache Gris, being a textural variety, has an uncanny ability to provide weight, texture, and breadth while still providing a fresh hit of acid to keep it all in line and propped up. Not flashy or spoofy in any way, rather, Naomi is concentrated elegance, intensely nuanced."
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