2963 Grand Ave.
Los Olivos CA 93441
Despite its historic association with and climatic similarity to Spain, California hadn’t had a serious foray into Spanish grape growing or wines made thereof until 2000 when Louisa Sawyer Lindquist released her first vintage under the Verdad label. Much like her husband did for Rhône varieties in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, she is leading the way on proving that not only do Spanish varieties make sense in California, but that they can also make good wine.
The grapes that go in Louisa’s wines are from vineyards that she and her husband have had decades-long relationships with. A portion of the fruit comes from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in the Los Olivos AVA of the Santa Ynez Valley, where Graciano, a small amount of Albariño, and Tempranillo among others are farmed organically, though the vineyard itself is not certified as such. The majority of the fruit comes from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley AVA, WICH Louisa and Bob established themselves in 2005. The entire property has been Demeter Certified Biodynamic since 2009.
The Albariño 2015 is layered with white fruit and flowers supported by a delightful acidity that makes this a stand out. On the palate, the Tempranillo 2012 delivers red stone fruit with an earthy chocolate note and some spice, good body and out-of-the-bottle drinkability.
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