Ruth Lewandowski Chilion Fox Hill Vineyard Cortese
The 2020 Ruth Lewandowski Chilion Fox Hill Vineyard Cortese invites wine enthusiasts into a world where innovation meets tradition. With a passion for biodynamic and natural winemaking, Ruth Lewandowski has achieved an intriguing harmony of Old World grape varieties and New World terroir. The choice of Cortese, typically found in Italy's Piedmont region, reflects a daring approach, showcasing the versatility and adaptability of this grape when cultivated in the unique soils of California's Fox Hill Vineyard.
Nose: The wine boasts an aromatic bouquet, reminiscent of fresh green apples, lime zest, and blooming white flowers. A background note of wet stone or flint suggests the mineral-rich soils of the vineyard, adding a layer of depth and complexity.
Palate: On the palate, the Chilion impresses with its refreshing acidity, balanced against a rich texture that speaks to the meticulous winemaking process. Flavors of citrus fruits are prominent, accompanied by subtler notes of white peach and perhaps a touch of almond, showcasing the classic character of the Cortese grape.
Finish: A lasting finish ensues, marked by a clean minerality and lingering fruitiness, ensuring that the wine remains memorable long after the last sip.
Venturing into a glass of the 2020 Ruth Lewandowski Chilion Fox Hill Vineyard Cortese opens up myriad pairing opportunities. Its crisp nature aligns well with seafood - think grilled octopus, seared scallops, or a classic ceviche. Fresh pasta dishes, especially those with creamy sauces or fresh vegetables, would complement the wine's texture and flavors. Moreover, light poultry dishes or even a classic Caprese salad would make delightful partners, highlighting the wine's bright acidity and fruit-forward nature.