The Wine: Mahlon Arneis 2019
Natural white wine made from 100% Arneis grapes farmed sustainably at Fox Hill vineyard in Mendocino County. Mahlon Arneis is fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and completes the malo-lactic fermentation. The entire process takes place in 230-gallon egg-shaped polyethylene tanks. Mahlon Arneis is fresh and floral on the nose with good minerality and bright acidity. Evan Lewandowski is a master of natural wine and this wine, like all his wines, is made as naturally as possible.
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