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Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard.

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Edna Valley.

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Ibarra-Young Vineyard

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Sustainable farming practices.

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Open house twice a year.

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Biodynamically farmed grapes.

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Harvested by hand.

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Biodynamically farmed.

Verdad Wines

The wines are made at the Clendenen Lindquist Winery in Santa Maria, home to Qupé Wine Cellars and Au Bon Climat Winery.

About Verdad

The first vintage for Verdad was 2000. Verdad makes a dry Grenache based Rosé, a Santa Ynez Valley Albariño and Tempranillo as well as a Demeter certified biodynamic Albariño and Tempranillo from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard. The total production is about 2000 cases. Verdad is devoted to making Spanish grape varietal wines that express true varietal character as well as the vineyard's terroir. The grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards and are minimally processed in the cellar. The philosophy behind the winemaking is to grow the best fruit possible, pick at optimum balance and let the wines reflect what the vineyards have created.

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Wines

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Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

2013 Albarino

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Edna Valley

Harvested September 12 & 23 2013
22.8 Brix
8.5 Total Acidity
3.23 pH

The 2013 vintage was surprisingly abundant for the second harvest in a row. Albarino came in at a bit over three tons per acre from two different areas on the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard. Block 4, which is a steep rolling hillside and Block 6, an even steeper hillside. Both areas are quite rocky with a gravelly loam composition.
This is a lovely aromatic wine with orange blossom and white stone aromatics, flavors of white peaches and meyer lemons with a hint of bitter almonds. The finish is long and mineral driven with firm acidity.
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Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

2013 Grenache Rosé

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Edna Valley

At Harvest:

Brix 21.2
PH:  3.21
TA:  7.5 grams

 

This wine was farmed exclusively for rosé in Block 6 at Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley,  and picked early to create a relatively low alcohol fresh style of rosé.

The grapes for this wine were picked in two different lots about a week apart.  The first lot was de-stemmed and kept overnight on the skins to soak up some color.  The second lot was whole cluster pressed.

The wine was fermented using it’s native yeast and fermented half in stainless steel temperature controlled and half in neutral barrels.  The wine went through malo-lactic fermentation naturally.

The two lots of wine were blended together in late January, fined with bentonite and cold stabilized.

The resulting wine is a lovely rose-pink color with aromas of wild strawberries mingling with ripe watermelon on the palate with a hint of herbs de Provence and Meyer lemon on the finish.

 

700 cases produced, 12.5 Alcohol.
Demeter certified biodynamic.

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Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

2012 Pinot Noir

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Edna Valley

Harvest & Tech Notes:
22.7 Brix
3.34 pH
7.7 grams of TA
50% Whole cluster inclusion
Native Yeast Fermented
12.5% Alcohol by volume
Demeter Certified Biodynamic

The 2012 vintage had even, typical Central Coast weather. The summer had normal cool coastal weather, foggy evenings burning off in the late morning sun peppered with a couple of minor heat spells. Early September brought seasonably warm temperatures, which ripened the crop nicely.
The Pinot Noir was fermented with 50% whole clusters. The fermenting must was punched down by hand twice a day by hand. The wine was aged for 22 months in 50% new Françoise Fréres Burgundy barrels.
This Pinot has pretty bright cherry aromas with hints of tea, spice and autumn leaves enhanced by a back note of toast.

400 cases were produced
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Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

2009 Tempranillo

Santa Ynez Valley

Lot 1, Harvested September 13

  • 3.75 Tons
  • 20.1 Brix
  • 4.8 Total Acidity
  • 3.77 pH

Lot 2, Harvested September 22

  • 2 Tons
  • 23.3 Brix
  • 3.75 Total Acidity
  • 3.9 pH

The wine was punched down twice a day until the cap softened then pumped over twice a day.  Aged in 35% New Hungarian Puncheons (500 Liter barrels) for 18 months prior to bottling.

This wine has classic Tempranillo aromas of black cherries and spice with elevated berry aromatics from the 12% Grenache.  It is earthy and spicy on the palate.  10% Syrah from Bien Nacido Vineyard was blended into this wine which adds a juicy mid-palate layer.  The robust flavors are intermingled with cocoa, sour cherries and spice.  This wine has nice balance with a moderate alcohol level. 

372 cases produced.


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Verdad Wines

Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

2010 Tempranillo

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Edna Valley

Demeter Certified Biodynamic

84% Tempranillo Harvested October 1, 2010

  • 5.5 Tons
  • 3.55 pH
  • 25.0 Brix
  • 6.9 Total Acidity

16% Grenache Harvested October 13, 2010

  • 22.0 Brix
  • 3.4 pH
  • 7.1 TA

The Tempranillo was hand harvested and de-stemmed, then fermented in an open top fermenters and punched down twice a day for the first couple of days, then pumped over twice a day until it fermented dry.  It fermented with it’s own native yeast.  The wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new (Ermitage and Francois Freres barrels).

The Grenache was de-stemmed and fermented (native yeast) in open top fermenters and punched down by hand twice a day.

The Tempranillo was blended with 16% Grenache from Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, (Alban clone) prior to bottling.  Lightly fined with eggwhites.  Bottled with minimal SO2.

This is a lush, full-bodied wine with lovely perfumed ripe cherry aromas.  Flavors of  sour cherries and Italian plums are layered with cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa and toast.  This wine has great depth of flavor and length. 

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Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

Verdad 2012 Graciano

Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
  • Harvested October 6, 2012
  • 2 Tons harvested
  • Organically farmed at Ibarra Young Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley
  • Native Yeast Fermented
  • 21.0 Brix
  • 5.2 Total Acidity
  • 3.6 pH
  • Aged in 3 year old Hungarian Oak Puncheons
  • Blended with 10% Tempranillo

This wine has vibrant purple color with aromas of tart cherries and rose petals with hints of herbs de Provence.  The wine is medium bodied and bright and refreshing.  This wine will complement a variety of poultry and grilled meats as well as spicy dishes.  It’s a perfect Summer red wine served with a little chilled and a great compliment to a variety of grilled fish, poultry and red meat.

     

100 cases were produced.

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Verdad Wines

Verdad wines, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria, Central Coast, grenache, tempranillo, pinot noir, graciano. Biodynamic.

Verdad 2012 Tempranillo, Rock ‘N’ Rojo

  • 75% Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Tempranillo Edna Valley
  • 25% Syrah, Alamo Creek Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County

The Tempranillo was de-stemmed and pumped over twice a day, then pressed and aged in two and three year old French barrels for 10 months.

The Syrah was de-stemmed then fermented in open top fermenters and punched down by hand twice a day.  The dry wine was then barreled down into 2 year old and neutral barrels for 10 months.

2012 was an ideal growing season on the Central Coast.  Cool summer weather was followed by a warm September.  By early October the fruit had ripened beautifully. 

This wine has spicy aromas!  The Tempranillo grape lends flavors of tart cherries & chocolate, with lush berry flavors from the Syrah.  The finish rocks with hints of cracked pepper and savory spices.   

Available in kegs and 750 ml bottles.

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Vineyards

Verdad wines

Verdad is devoted to making Spanish grape varietal wines that express true varietal character as well as the vineyard's terroir. The grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards and are minimally processed in the cellar. The philosophy behind the winemaking is to grow the best fruit possible, pick at optimum balance and let the wines reflect what the vineyards have created.

There are two primary vineyards that Verdad sources from. The Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, which is organically farmed and the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley, which is Demeter certified biodynamic.

The wines are made at the Clendenen Lindquist Winery in Santa Maria, home to Qupé Wine Cellars and Au Bon Climat Winery.
Louisa Sawyer Lindquist has worked in the wine industry since her senior year of college. Her experience is in all aspects of the wine business, including restaurants, retail, wholesale, import-export, national sales and winemaking.

Louisa makes the wines for Verdad Wine Cellars, which she started in 2000. The Verdad wines are created from Tempranillo, Albariño, Grenache and a small amount of Graciano. In addition she makes Pinot Noir under the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard label which is a collaboration with her husband Bob.

In addition to winemaking, Louisa markets and sells Qupé Wine Cellars wines, which are made by her partner and cutting edge visionary, winemaker Bob Lindquist.

In 2005 Louisa collaborated on planting the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley which is Demeter certified biodynamic as well as organically certified. The vineyard is producing beautiful, high quality grapes for both Verdad and Qupé wineries.

The wines Louisa produces are native yeast fermented, believing that great wines are produced from grapes of the highest quality with the least amount of manipulation. She strives to produce pure, expressive and balanced wines that convey the flavors of the unique cool climate vineyards sites she sources from on the Central Coast.

Ibarra-Young Vineyard

Ibarra Young vineyard The grapes for the Verdad wines are grown on our estate Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley which is farmed using biodynamic agriculture practices and at the Ibarra-Young Vineyard which is organically farmed.

The Ibarra-Young vineyard is a 14-acre vineyard located just south of Los Olivos in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Ibarra-Young It is a category UC Davis Region II with cool overcast mornings turning warm during the day and cool at night, often with a 30 - 40 degree day/night temperature difference.

The vineyard was originally planted in 1971 by Charlotte Young and her vineyard manager Miguel Ibarra to 10 acres of cabernet sauvignon and was contracted to Firestone Vineyard. By 1979 that contract had expired and there was more demand for white grapes so Charlotte grafted over most of the vineyard to sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc.


Around this same time Charlotte got involved in a winery cooperative with a group of other small growers called Los Viñeros and a winemaking facility was built on the west side of Santa Maria. From 1980-1984 almost all of Charlotte's grapes went into the blends at Los Viñeros. By 1985 Los Viñeros was starting to falter and Charlotte was having trouble selling her grapes.
Charlotte was thinking about tearing her vines out . . . Bob Lindquist heard about this and offered to lease the vineyard and graft it over to Rhone varieties. Bob even made a chenin blanc in 1985 from Charlotte's grapes to show his good faith and help Charlotte with the transition. Between 1986 and 1989 the 10 acres were grafted over to 4 acres of marsanne, 3 acres of syrah, 1.75 acres of mourvedre and 1.25 acres of Viognier . . . all on those original cabernet roots!

Between 1996 and 2000, 4 more acres were planted to albariño and tempranillo for Louisa Sawyer Lindquist's Spanish grape varietal project Verdad. In 2009 another Spanish variety, graziano, was added to the vineyard.

Ibarra-Young Since 1999 the vineyard has been farmed organically and is still farmed by Miguel Ibarra. Miguel is now in his mid 70's and every year threatens to retire and move back to Mexico, but thankfully he keeps coming back. He knows each one of these vines and just has an incredible farming touch.

Sadly, Charlotte Young passed away in 2008, just shy of her 92nd birthday (there is a dedication to her on the back of Qupé's Los Olivos Cuvée label), but her children and grandchildren carry on. Her legacy lives in the vines and the wonderful wines that come from this special spot.

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard


The Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is located on Orcutt Road in the Edna Valley AVA in San Luis Obispo. About forty acres are under cultivation on an 80-acre ranch. The vines were planted in 2005 on rolling hillsides. The vineyard is an upper region I on the UC Davis Heat Summation Scale which translates into a long, cool growing season. During the summer the marine layer rolls in during the evening and burns off in the late morning. Average daytime high temperatures in the summer are in the mid 70’s, lows are in the low 50’s. It is this cool climate and long growing season that produces grapes with naturally high acidity and a broad spectrum of flavors.

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The soils at the Sawyer Lindquist vineyard are composed of alluvial soils made up of decomposed sedimentary rock with lots of mudstone and a bit of limestone. The pH is low. The vineyard is hilly with some steep hillsides. The vines are cordon trained and spur pruned. All the grapes are hand picked during harvest.

The vineyard has three large ‘beneficial plant gardens’ which are located in different areas of the vineyard. The gardens are filled with low maintenance native plants that have been proven to attract bees, butterflies, ladybugs and other helpful insects. There are six owl boxes located throughout the vineyard. sawyer lindquist vineyard These boxes are where owls nest and live. The owls are natural predators to gophers and ground squirrels and their residence on the vineyard help us reduce the overall population of these pests. During the vines dormant months, we have a flock of about 150 – 250 sheep grazing through out the vineyard to help with the weeding and fertilizing of the ground between the vines.

The planted grape varieties are: tempranillo, albariño, grenache, pinot noir, marsanne and syrah. The vines were planted on raw land and the vineyard has been farmed using biodynamic farming practices from the very beginning.

sawyer lindquist vineyard Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard was Demeter certified biodynamic in 2009. Also in 2009 the wines from this vineyard were made according to the Demeter biodynamic standards and certified. 2008 was the first vintage from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard.


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BIODYNAMICS



As winemaker Louisa Sawyer Lindquist and her husband Bob Lindquist, prepared to plant the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard (SLV) in 2005, they made a commitment to sustainable farming. Their good friend Steve Beckmen (Beckmen Vineyards) had been growing superior fruit at his Purisima Mountain Vineyard using biodynamics - a system devised in the 1920s that treats the vineyard as a self-contained, living organism. The couple was intrigued, despite the fact that so much about biodynamics seemed difficult to understand.

Ibarra-Young During the winter of 2004/2005, heavy rains delayed preparations for planting the vineyard and in May, Bob traveled to the United Kingdom on a pre-scheduled sales trip.

"Fate came into play," Bob remembers. "My agent picked me up and said, 'I hope you don't mind, but Andre Ostertag and Dominique Lafon are doing a seminar on biodynamics this afternoon. Would you like to attend with me?' I thought, 'This was meant to be!'"

The seminar was an eye-opener for Bob, who then shared dinner and several bottles of wine with Andre and Dominique. The two explained to Bob that the best way to implement biodynamic techniques was to start before the vineyard was planted.

The next day over lunch, Bob questioned Andre about biodynamics, including some of the more arcane aspects, such as making soil preparations by filling cow horns with combined ingredients and burying them underground for specified lengths of time. Andre, who offered logical and scientific explanations for all of the tenets of biodynamics, convinced Bob of their efficacy.sawyer lindquist vineyard

Upon returning home, Bob contacted Philippe Armenier, the French biodynamic consultant who works with Steve Beckmen. Armenier helped Bob and Louisa devise a plan for the new vineyard, and they were able to incorporate their initial biodynamic preparations into the soil before the vines were planted.

In 2008, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard yielded its first real crop and even on such young vines, the fruit showed extraordinary promise. A year later the vineyard earned certification as both Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic, official recognitions that formalized Bob and Louisa's commitment to biodynamic farming.

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2963 Grand Ave
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Tasting Hours: 11am to 5pm Every Day


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