LOUISA LINDQUIST – WINEMAKER FOR VERDAD WINE CELLARS TALKS INTERNATIONAL ALBARIŇO DAY
International Albariño Day, inspired by the Albariño Wine Festival held in the small coastal town of Cambados, Spain during the first week of August, is a celebration of the Albariño grape.
Albariño is traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain, and produces crisp, acidic white wines ideal for summer evenings and seafood pairings. It is also grown in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho. Now it is being grown in North America, so we’re celebrating with International Albariño Day.
Check our website www.tapasociety.org/AlbarinoFiesta for event listings.
Whether or not you attend an organized event, use #AlbarinoFiesta to connect with Albariño enthusiasts worldwide!
Everyone is encouraged to open a bottle of Albariño, enjoy the fun, and share their experiences online with the hashtag #AlbarinoFiesta!
The wines are made at the Clendenen Lindquist Winery in Santa Maria, home to Qupé Wine Cellars and Au Bon Climat Winery. 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.
Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Harvested September 12 & 23 2013
8.5 Total Acidity
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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