Ruth Lewandowski Wines (1.5 L) 2014 'Boaz' Red Blend, Testa Vineyard, Mendocino
Item Number: 10205
Vineyard Designation: Testa Vineyard
Grape(s): 60% Carignan / 20% Grenache / 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 1.5 L
Alc by Vol(%): 13.8
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Well-drained sandy loam
Vineyard Notes: Testa Vineyard is a highly regarded vineyard which consists of vines aged 75 years or older. The vineyard is organic and dry-farmed. Founded in 1912 by Gaetano and Maria Testa, Italian immigrants from the town of Gallarate, northwest of Milano, Testa Vineyards is farmed by the current (4th generation) Maria and her husband Rusty Martinsen. Maria's great great grandparents cleared their newly purchased land in Calpella, CA with the help of draft horses and the occasional dynamite stick, planted their vineyards and the rest is history. Just over one hundred years later, it's still the humbly amazing spot it must have been.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested by hand. The three varieties are co-fermented 80% whole cluster with native yeast. Partial carbonic maceration occurs as well as natural malolactic fermentation. Wine is aged in old, neutral oak. Very little intervention takes place: no inoculations, no acid, no tannin, no water, no sulfites, no fining and no filtration.
Tasting Notes: Concentrated, with intense structure, it's well balanced by fresh acidity, floral notes and bright berry tones. It's a manly wine with depth and intrigue that's comfortably in touch with its feminine side.
About Carignan: Although Carignan isn't the most widely known of wine grapes, it happens to be one of the most widely planted throughout Mediterranean Europe. Regions like Priorat in Spain and the Languedoc-Roussillon of France are home to oceans of Carignan (or Cariñena), however, the grape is typically utilized as a blending variety and rarely seen bottled as a single varietal.