For the month of July we will be featuring two wines from the Cambria winery in the Santa Maria Valley at the northern end of Santa Barbara County, California. Their Vineyards are in the foothills of the largest east-west oriented valleys in California. The Pacific ocean is about 15 miles away and this combination creates a cool climate ideal for the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The cool climate allows for a longer growing season; this helps concentrate or ripen the grapes in a more ideal fashion. Since 2009 all their vineyards have been certified sustainable under the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
The two wines we will feature as part of our Wine of the Month Program will be the Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay and the Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Katherine’s Vineyard is made up of shallow sand and granite soils. The wine is comprised from 3 clones of Chardonnay and spends 5 months in French oak; 83% new.
“The 2012 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay has subtle tropical and citrus aromas with pineapple, stonefruit and apple flavors. Oak and vanilla balance out the flavors on the palate. Nicely balanced with weight on the mid-palate leading into a crisp, fresh finish.”
-Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker
Julias vinyard is made up of sandy, loam soils. The wine has 7 clones of Pinot Noir and spends 8 months in French oak; 20% new. It has strong red fruit notes, good structure with a touch of a mineral note on the finish.
These are both great choices and will be offered at a discounted rate for the month of July…
Come in a try them,