2011 Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1122135 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful Chardonnay, the 2011 Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard is pure and detailed on the nose with crisp white peach, white flowers, crushed rock-like minerality and hints of creme to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and focused texture. Crisp, pure and downright delicious, enjoy it over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016.  (8/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright yellow. Poached pear, tangerine and honey on the perfumed nose. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering pliant orchard fruit and melon flavors and a bracing citrus zest nuance. Closes smooth and broad, on a subtle note of white pepper.  (12/2013)


 Pretty and expressive, the 2011 Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard makes a great introduction to the wines of this property. Lemon peel, almonds and spices all emerge from this nicely layered Chardonnay. The creamy, generous finish is particularly attractive. This is a terrific value from Cambria. Drinking window: 2013 - 2016 There is a lot to like in this set of new releases from Cambria. For starters, many of the entry-level wines offer superb value. At the higher end of the price spectrum, Cambria's single-clone Pinot bottlings are fascinating essays that delve into the many shades Pinot is capable of expressing.  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Grapes for this Chardonnay bottling from Cambria are sourced from 15 unique blocks of Katherine's Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which is planted on sandy grantic soil and certified-sustainably farmed. The wine was aged for six months in 15% new French (Voges) oak. Aromas of citrus, peach, and tropical fruit reverberate on the palate with hints of vanilla and a bracing acidity that is a hallmark of the cool vintage.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2013 | Send Email
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What makes the ideal Chardonnay? For me it has to have notes of exotic tropical fruits, good acidity and verve and lastly a nice touch of rich oak that helps to frame the wine but does not overwhelm the fruit and spice characteristics of the wine. The 2011 Cambria “Katherine’s Vineyard” Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is just that wine: gorgeous fruit, just the right amount of acid and a rich, buttery hint of oak on the finish-just what you want in an everyday drinking Chardonnay.
Drink from 2013 to 2015

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5