Ruth Lewandowski - Tatto (2019)
Brand new for the 2019 vintage, Tatto joins the ranks next to Feints and the Rosé to complete a “Threes Company” style lineup of fresh, exceedingly drinkable, joyful wines from RLW. This is the ‘Lite-Brite’ of skin contact whites A blend of aromatic varieties, Friulano from Fox Hill, Riesling from Cole Ranch and a splash of Lost Hills Ranch Muscat, Tatto is vividly spicy and mouthwateringly textured - think Meyer lemons, gingery cherry pits and a bit of Muscat musk. Much like Feints and the Rosé, it’s as gluggable as it is ponderable.
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.