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Brand's Heritage

Cambria is a private, family-owned estate winery that has carved out a reputation for producing lush, tropical Chardonnay, velvety-textured Pinot noir and rich, spicy Syrah since its inception in 1986. For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended the remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among these vines and were drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking. This motivated Katie and Julia continue the family business, and together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities.

A Perfect Condition

Cambria's proximity to the ocean and east-west orientation gives this 1,400-acre property the diversity it needs to grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah under perfectly suited conditions. As an estate property, Cambria's Vineyard Manager and Winemaker work in tandem to perfect the winegrowing process. Together, they select only the finest grapes from the estate to bear the Cambria name. Every grape is hand-harvested and crafted into wine with the utmost care and respect for the varietal.

In recent years, Cambria has concentrated its vineyard and winemaking resources into amplifying different aspects of the Cambria estate. This effort launched an in-depth exploration of the vineyard and varieties on this cool-climate property. The result has elevated the quality of Cambria's core wines, created new site-focused and distinct winemaking styles, and dramatically highlighted the bold flavors of each variety. Today, the flagship wines, making up 90% of the production, include Katherine's Chardonnay, Julia's Pinot Noir and Tepusquet Syrah. Each wine represents the broad definition of flavor, for that variety, on the estate.

 
Cambria Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah
2013 Santa Maria Valley

The wine has concentrated dark berry fruit flavors and aromas of earth and mocha. The balanced tannins support the flavors in the wine and contribute to a round smooth texture in the wine. This wine is a classic cool climate Syrah with a balanced acidity and true varietal characters.

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL.      

REGION                  

WINEMAKER           

2013

Red

Merlot

Earthy and Spicy

13.5%

Napa Valley 

Julianne Laks

Accolades

Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate)– 89 points

"Lastly, plums, blueberries, smoked herbs and pepper all show from the rich, medium to full-bodied, lively, nicely fruited and textured 2013 Syrah Tepusquet Vineyard. Aged just over a year in 28% new French oak, it has solid freshness, good purity and fine tannin, and at 22 bucks is a terrific value. "

Cambria Benchbreak Chardonnay
2014 Santa Maria Valley

The 2014 Benchbreak Chardonnay opens with lively fruit and oak spice aromas. Citrus, pineapple, white peach and apple flavors carry through the mid-palate and into the fresh, clean finish. Try it with crab and lobster, shrimp, fried calamari, and grilled salmon. It also pairs well with Cow's milk cheeses such as mild cheddar, Comte, Gruyere, Brie and Camembert or triple creme.

 

The Tasting Panel – 90 points

"Lastly, plums, blueberries, smoked herbs and pepper all show from the rich, medium to full-bodied, lively, nicely fruited and textured 2013 Syrah Tepusquet Vineyard. Aged just over a year in 28% new French oak, it has solid freshness, good purity and fine tannin, and at 22 bucks is a terrific value. "

 

The Wine Enthusiast – 87 points

“A flinty smoke aroma greets the nose first on this well-priced bottling from the Jackson family, with roasted Marcona almond, toasted brioche and seared lemon also showing. A bright energy bolsters the palate, where Meyer lemon ripeness gains pencil shavings and chipped oak flavors in the midpalate.”

Accolades

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL.      

SUGAR CONTENT. 

SWEETNESS.  

         

REGION                  

WINEMAKER           

2014

White

Chardonnay

Rich and Creamy

14,5%

2 g/L

Extra Dry- No sweetness perceived; well-rounded with balanced acidity 

Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California

Denise Shurtleff

Cambria Benchbreak Pinot Noir
2014 Santa Maria Valley

The 2014 Benchbreak Pinot Noir is a dark purple color with red fruit characters of cranberry, cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry coupled with a bit of blueberry aromas and flavors. There is a touch of Asian spice and subtle earthy characters. Balanced tannins lead way to lingering finish.

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL.      

REGION                  

WINEMAKER           

2014

Red

Pinot Noir

Smooth and Supple

14,5%

Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California

Denise Shurtleff

Accolades

 

 

The Wine Enthusiast – 87 points

“Light black raspberry and purple-flower aromas show on the somewhat shy nose of this bottling from the ackson Family's long-time Santa Maria Valley winery. Well-woven flavors of black raspberry, dark cranberry, thyme and bay leaf appear on the sip, which is light and easy albeit not very complex.”