Established in 2005, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is located in San Luis Obispo County’s Edna Valley AVA, covering 40 prime acres of an 80-acre ranch. Grape varieties planted include Pinot Noir, Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Albariño, and Rhône representatives Marsanne, Syrah, and Grenache. In 2009, the vineyard received biodynamic certification from Demeter Association. All are farmed using biodynamic methods and harvested by hand.
Marine fog rolls in during the evening hours, but burns off nicely in late morning. This cool climate results in a long growing season that yields grapes with naturally high acidity and a delightfully broad spectrum of flavors. It is ideal for Albariño creating a wine of structure and elegance.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed and settled, then racked into stainless steel tank and neutral barrels for fermenting. Essentially it is 2/3 tank fermented and 1/3 barrel fermented. In January we blended the two lots together.
This wine shows beautiful minerality with lime & orange blossom aromas, fresh cut peaches, Meyer lemon, lime zest, blood oranges and white stones on the palate. There is great length and complexity. Serve with shellfish to really impress someone.
This Albariño has a silky texture on the palate yet bracing acidity. It is still evolving but promises to develop great complexity and mouth-filling flavors.