2009 Verdad Albariño, Sawyer 'Lindquist Vineyard'
Albariño isn't a grape that's much grown in California, but winemaker Louisa Sawyer fell in love with the Spanish white and planted some in the cool-climate Edna Valley vineyard she owns with husband Bob Lindquist of Qupé. The grapes are certified biodynamic.
Her 2009 Verdad Albariño is palest gold and has a delicately floral aroma. Crisp and minerally, it has more body than some Spanish Albariños, plus a lovely finish.
It's tremendously food-friendly, delicious with smoked trout or salmon, mushroom frittata or soup, chicken fricasee or vegetable casseroles.
Region: Central California coast
Price: About $22
Style: Complex and minerally
What it goes with: Smoked fish, mushroom and chicken dishes
Where to find it: Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373, http://www.flaskfinewines.com; the Mercantile in Los Angeles, (323) 962-8202, http://www.themercantilela.com/; Third Corner Wine Shop & Bistro in Ocean Beach, (619) 223-2700; Whole Foods markets; and the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com. Also available online at http://www.verdadwines.com
— S. Irene Virbila