While working at Amagansett Wines & Sprits in the late 1980s Louisa Sawyer Lindquist had the opportunity to taste some extraordinary Spanish wines for the first time in her life. The experience left a lasting impression, but not until she found herself living in California almost a decade later did she realize that she was destined to emulate those great wines by her own hand.
Encouraged by her husband, Bob Lindquist, of Qupé fame (who partnered with her on the project), Louisa began fulfilling her dream in 1996 with 150 “sticks” of Albariño budwood she was able to procure from Brian Babcock (who obtained them from benchmark producer Bodegas Morgadio in Rias Baixes). She and Bob grafted them to root stock planted at Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos and their own Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard (SLV) in Edna Valley. In 1999, they did the same with some amazing Tempranillo Pesquera clone budwood they got by way of Bodega Alejandro Fernandez in Ribera del Duero.
Louisa’s dream has now come to fruition. In 2009, the plantings at their own SLV were Demeter Certified Biodynamic. In addition to Albariño and Tempranillo, Verdad also produces the only Demeter Certified Biodynamic Rosé in California from a Grenache vineyard at SLV.