The Wine: Boaz Carignan 2017
Natural red wine made from 100% Carignan grapes farmed organically at Testa vineyard in Mendocino County. Whole cluster fermentation (which means that grapes are not destemmed) for a brighter, more aromatic, and delicate profile. Winemaker Evan Lewandoski makes this wine adopting a low intervention approach in the cellar. Evan doesn't inoculate (industrial yeast) and doesn't use acidity correctors, tannin or water. He adds a touch of sulfur just after malolactic fermentation takes place. Boaz Carignan is unfined and unfiltered.
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. He also fell in love with wine during the same period, hence the decision to stay in Utah and start planting vineyards and making wine. Evan believes that Utah will one day be one of the top wine producing regions in the world due to the variety of soils and micro-climates.
At Primal Wine, we think that Ruth Lewandowski incredibly unique wines seem to suggest that Utah is indeed a great place for wine!
The Region: Mendocino