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