Posts Tagged Cambria

2013 Cambria ‘Benchmark’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Earthy like French Burgundy but lighter in body, this is an easy-drinking wine that would pair nicely with just about any dish that includes mushrooms. It’s tough to pick out a fruit impression other than simply “red,” but interest is added by... Read more

2013 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Sporting a brilliant straw color in the glass, initial whiffs reveal layers of butter, spice, and smoke wrapped around baked apples, lemon oil, and stone fruit aromas of nectarine and white peach. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, with a plump,... Read more

2012 Cambria Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Translucent ruby color with violet glints, lightening at the rim. A pungent, earthy note is followed by ample sharp black raspberry and strawberry fruit, accented by peppery green tea leaf. The mouthfeel shows a varietal sleekness, picking up some... Read more

2012 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Brilliant straw color. Wood notes of smoke, vanilla, and toast frame bright pineapple, stone fruit, green apple, and sweet lemon. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, where the sweet fruit takes on a creamy texture. While a delight to drink now on... Read more

Rulings from the Bench(land), Part 1

By Glen Frederiksen Geologically speaking, the benchland of Santa Maria is still in its infancy. Some 20 million years ago, in the early Miocene, much of what is now California was under water in a shallow seabed. Over the millennia, tectonic... Read more

2010 Cambria ‘Clone 23’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Clone 23 Pinot Noir, thought to have originated along the border of Switzerland, is one rarely seen as a stand-alone bottling. One taste of this and you’ll wonder why more wineries don’t do the same. The color is dark and brooding, more akin to... Read more

2011 Cambria ‘Bench Break’ Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

Utilizing Clone 4 Chardonnay grapes from a single, established block in the vineyard, this wine offers up a cloak of buttery, toasty oak around the rich pineapple fruit. The mouthfeel is incredible, rich and palate-coating, carrying through to the... Read more

2011 Cambria Viognier, Santa Maria Valley

This vintage is quite the opposite from the 2010 offering. Spotlighting the cool growing season, the 2011 shows more like something from Condrieu in France. Honeyed perfumes of sweet tropical flowers leads to pear and tropical fruit. Perfectly... Read more

August 29: Cambria and Byron Bring Back Great Memories

By Glen Frederiksen It was serendipity that brought me to the Santa Maria benchlands and the Cambria and Byron wineries. Some last-minute emails added them to my itinerary on the day before wrapping up our month in California’s Central Coast... Read more

2009 Cambria Syrah, Santa Maria Valley

Opaque purple/black color. Heady aromas of licorice, black cherry and berry fruit, blueberry, white pepper and a note of clove. The wine is plush in the mouth, showing sweet fruit. MSRP: $22 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more