Verdad Wines, Graciano 2017, Ibarra Young Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, CA
This Graciano is medium bodied red is perfect for warmer days with notes of berries, rose petals, subtle herbaceous elements, and ripe plum.
APPELLATION (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley
REGION: Santa Barbara
SUBREGION: Los Olivos District
VINEYARD: Ibarra Young Vineyard
SOIL: Fine sandy and clay loams
PRACTICE: Practicing organic, biodynamic
VINIFICATION: Aged for 18 months in 3 year-old French puncheons
COLOR: Deep ruby
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh berries, rose petals
FLAVOR: Ripe plum, blackberry, subtle green herbs
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with grilled meats and vegetables such as chorizo, or Moroccan tagine
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Louisa Sawyer Lindquist: “The work of my entire adult life has been in the business of wine. I began my lifelong career in wine starting with cellar work at Long Island wineries when I turned 21. I created a college internship with Hargrave Wine Cellars (the first winery on Long Island) in Cutchogue, NY followed by working at Scuttlehole Vineyard, which is now Channing Daughters Winery. I moved on to working in fine wine retail shops and restaurants, then sales with wine distributers and importers and then winery direct sales. It’s been a great journey.”
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
This vineyard was planted by Charlotte Young in 1971 and is still owned by her three daughters. Charlotte's right-hand man, Miguel Ibarra, Helped her plant the vineyard in 1971 and continued to work on the vineyard for more than 40 years. Today, we celebrate this duo by designating these 10 acres as the Ibarra-Young Vineyard.
Ibarra-Young Vineyard was one of the first vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez Valley and has so much soul you can feel it. The first 3 acres were planted in 1971 and 3 more acres were planted in 1973. In the late 90's and early 2000's Bob Lindquist completed Ibarra-Young's planted acreage with the "young" vines in the rockier section of the vineyard.
The vineyard is planted to Syrah and Mourvèdre planted in 1971, Marsanne planted in 1973, as well as suitcase clone Tempranillo and Graciano planted in the late 90's. Everything on the property is own-rooted and has been farmed organically since 1993. We began leasing and farming this special place at the beginning of 2020 and employ regenerative organic and biodynamic practices.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
“Verdad Wine Cellars makes delicious, balanced wines from great Central Coast vineyards. We specialize in wines made from Spanish grape varieties and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over half of our wines are made with Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Organic grapes.”