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Cambria Estate Winery 'Katherine's Vineyard' Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California
91 Points

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Region: California Santa Maria Valley
Vintage: 2018
BC: $28.99

BC CSPC: BC CSPC Code -232231
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WineScores' Review

Finesse, fresh, creamy.
For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and tended this Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson's daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among the estate's vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business.
Cambria is shaped by these three women: Barbara Banke's keen knowledge of the industry and business sense, Katie's passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia's creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities.
The vineyard was named for Katie Jackson in 1986, and this 2018 Chard is comprised of clones: 4 (46 years old) and Wente 76 and 96, which grow on the estate's ancient soils of fossilized seashells, shale, limestone and sand.
It was 75% barrel fermented, 75% went through malolactic fermentation and was aged sur lie in French oak for 8 months (20% new) before bottling.
Yellow plums, Meyer lemon, toasted spice, acacia, honey and vanilla aromas lead to a fresh but creamy palate. Toasted hazelnut and spice flavours are layered with yellow fruit and lemon to mimic the nose. Concentration, depth and finesse. Pair with roasted artichokes with capers and mint, creamy soups and pastas, corn chowder and smoked cheese.

Recommended Pairings
Wedding Wines, Seafood/Fish, White Meat Chicken/Pork, Creamy Dishes

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Wine Scores reviewed - 2021-03-22 14:58:29.0


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