Saturday, December 3, 2022

Two new super cool Zero/Zero orange wines from Ruth Lewandowski!

2021 Tatto Skin Contact White Blend...$26.99 / 750ml
The 2021 marks vintage number 3 with this wine for RLW and we couldn’t be more proud to say “this is what we’ve been working towards.” When we first set out to make this wine in 2019, we only had limited availability with aromatic white fruit. Looking towards the future, however, we worked on sourcing or grafting other blocks over to this now dazzling array of bombastically scented, yet still finely structured varieties to make this really pop on all levels. 2021 employs the same fruit as the 20 and the 19 (Friulano, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and a skosh of Muscat) but we’ve now added Kerner, Malvasia Bianca, Gruner Veltliner and a bit of Trebbiano Toscano to the mix. All of these are very lightly, gracefully, tactfully (hence the Italian term “Tatto’) skin fermented to amplify aromatics and provide a not overwhelming but persistently gentle measure of structure on the palate. Is it bright, floral, fruit loops, citrus insanity? Yes. Is it deep, spicy, textural and somehow still a refreshing late summer / early fall sunset? Also yes.That my friends, is Tatto.
2020 Chilion Skin Contact Cortese...$29.99 / 750ml
Two acres of Cortese are farmed at Fox Hill Vineyard. That's roughly 1/6th of all Cortese planted in the United States. Cortese will always be a rarity here, but Cortese with 6(+) months of skin contact doubles down on the uncommonness of it all. 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.

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