Ruth Lewandowski - Dinos to Diamonds
What can be said of this, the cuvée meant entirely for experimentation? It is exactly that, and sometimes just for experimentation's sake. A completely different wine each vintage, likely never to be seen again, Dinos affords me the opportunity to play around and try out some new weird ideas without ever having to fully commit! I can show you a different side of an otherwise common variety or I can delve deeper into strange or more ancient techniques.
Every version is technically bound for extinction, but instead of being sad about that fact, take heart in that beauty and life will crystallize because this wine existed...each and every bit of profit from Dinos to Diamonds will be donated to a selected charity thereby living on in a legacy of good. The current iteration, 2018, is a co-fermentation of Merlot (60%) and Sangiovese (40%), both grown at Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino County. All proceeds from the sale of each bottle will be donated directly to Corazon Healdsburg to aid in their localized support of our underserved and underrepresented community members affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
About the Winemaker:
Lowell Stone had quite the vision for his wife Babara's place. As a young man, he fell head over heels for Italy, particularly it’s wine culture. Finally, in the late 80's, he took to replanting the entire property, converting it over from mostly Chardonnay and Riesling to many and much more obscure Italian varieties (with a few acres of two Portuguese varieties thrown in for good measure). Today, it's a library of what one could get their hands on in the way of Italianate grapevines at the time from nurseries, friends, and the odd 'suitcased' cuttings. Fox Hill rests between Hopland and Ukiah just up from the Russian River on benchland called the Talmage Bench. Uplifted former riverbed, Fox Hill is predominantly standstone based – very rocky and pebbly, with a large amount of quartz to trip over as one is weaving one's way in and out of the vine rows that eventually find their way into Mahlon, Chilion, Feints, and Rosé.