Our label is inspired by a mural we saw while traveling in Tibet in 1998. After a long journey by four-wheel drive vehicle we arrived at Tsurphu Monastery, then the home of the Karmapa, who has since joined the Dalai Lama in exile in India. It was a wild and wonderful site, surrounded by high peaks and hanging glaciers. When we inquired about a painting of a powerful mountain scene, we were told it depicted the Diamond Mountains featured in the Diamond Sutra, one of the Buddhist scriptures. San Francisco Illustrator John Mattos produced the artwork for our label from a photo of the painting.
The Diamond Mountains at Tsurphu Monastery
We have also incorporated a quote from the Bard, who in his Sonnet 111, seems to be speaking directly to us:
Thence comes it that my name receives a brand,
And almost thence my nature is subdued
To what it works in, like the Dyer's hand.
- William Shakespeare
When working with the deeply-colored wines from our vineyard, we find our hands become stained -- like the dyer's hand. The wines from our unique site have such intensity and concentration that we have learned to approach the winemaking with our natures subdued, and let the terroir do the talking!
For quite awhile, now, we’ve been meaning to review all the vintages of Dyer Vineyards Cabernet – we’re amazed to realize there are fifteen vintages now (seventeen if you count the two in barrels!) But, we just hadn’t gotten to it.
In a recent moment of serendipity...