Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, California
Cambria 2006 Julia's Pinot Noir offers fresh cherry, blueberry, strawberry and cranberry fruit flavors accented with cinnamon and vanilla oak spice characters. The mid-palate has a silky texture and balanced tannins that lead into a fruity and earthy finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is the best Pinot Noir at this price on the market. Easily. It's picture-perfect cool climate, absolutely dry and silky, with complex flavors of cherries, Mandarin orange, cola, pomegranates, licorice and cinnamon spice, made even richer by smoky oak. Just lovely, and gets even better as it breathes in the glass."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Light crimson hue. Inviting scents of wild cherry and raspberry with secondary nuances of thistle and white pepper. Juicy flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Velvety tannins and hints of vanilla and allspice in the cherry-driven close."
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 1987. 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 foe 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. View all Cambria Winery Wines
About Santa Maria ValleyView a map of Santa Maria Valley wineries
Situated near the ocean in the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley appellation runs east to west. Pacific Ocean air funnels in to cool the vineyards, allowing the grapes to evenly ripen and reach their full potential. This unique climate paired with the region's well-drained soils helps create some sought-after grapes.
Notable FactsPinot Noir and Chardonnay are the most planted varieties in the AVA, which covers over 7,000 acres of land. Syrah is gaining more ground as it consistantly produces outstanding wines. Many vineyards are owned by growers and sold to wineries, so seeing a vineyard name on multiple producer's bottles is common. One of the better known vineyards, Bien Nacido, is found on the labels of some of the most prestigious wines of the area.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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- 5 Stars: 10
- 4 Stars: 19
- 3 Stars: 15
- 2 Stars: 6
- 1 Stars: 3
54 ratings, 25 with reviewsBrian C - Eugene, OR42/28/2009Though not outstanding, after this wine gets a breath it delivers a very nice and pleasurable pinot taste that will make your taste buds thank you. Very good and enjoyable, and a good value for the experience.41/19/2009Lovely wine. Fresh red berry nose (strawberries quite notable) mirrored on the palate with a little pepper, cinnamon, and well-integrated wood. Medium to medium light body with adequate acid and balanced lightish tannins. Overall, a very well balanced and extremely elegant wine. Not fat or muscular, but instead graceful and subtle. A "feminine wine," that doesn't scream or screech, but sings softly and beautifully for anyone listening. Aussie Shiraz lovers might not quite get it. A steal for around $20. I want to buy a case and see how if it can develop even more for the next year or two. WEnthus just scored this a 93 as "the best PN at this price point. Easily." That could be correct.MF - Chicago, IL33/5/2009I liked it for the value, but will definitely let it open up more next time.magilla-45 - Wausau, WI53/1/2009Opened at a tasting at my home and they all felt it was good. They asked for the name and the vintage. Light, not heavy. Left open for two hours before serving.Del Marcos Hotel, Palm Springs - Manhattan Beach, CA52/27/2009You can't beat this wine for the money. A great wine to have around the house. Very nice finish.Susan R. - Bryan, TX42/27/2009Despite a rather dull color, this wine is delicious. Not real heavy but a perfect red especially for enjoying before dinner, but bold enough to enjoy with dinner.william glickauf - Lake Zurich, IL12/27/2009Very disappointed. Opened one bottle, returned the rest.510/26/2009We first had this while on vacation in North Carolina. When we got home I searched all over town for it and couldn't find it. That's what brought me to wine.com. It is a wonderful, smooth blend of flavors with a great finish. As others have stated, make sure to let it breathe. A great wine at a great price.Matt Trevors - Steubenville, OH49/7/2008I brought this to a wine tasting party. I decanted the wine for about 4 hours before the party... Nothing but compliments, it is definitely a great tasting wine.Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC43/23/2009A good pinot for the price, but it definitely needs to breathe for a while before this light-bodied, slightly spicy red reaches its full potential.gretchen demarah - Bourbonnais, IL56/27/2009slightly chilled this wine410/13/2009Made understated and delicate, as in France, not California. For the price, an outstanding buy, but only if left to breathe AT LEAST 12 hours. Then it blooms!Joe Z. - Arlington, VA43/19/2009It is a great value. Not a 93, IMO, but certainly 90 - 91. Aerate to open it up and you'll be rewarded.110/29/2009Not sure if we just got a bad bottle, but it tasted corked.34/20/2009I just opened my second of six bottles and now realize that this wine needs oxygen. If I had to drink it straight out the bottle I would not buy it again. Once it breathes for 30 minutes or longer it is enjoyable.Benjamin - Arlington, WA311/2/2009This wine was ok- but it didn't stand out as a plus 90 point wine. It was fruity and very light- almost thin. The word watery comes to mind, but I hesitate to use it- because it wasn't weak or flavorless, it was just so light as to be thin. This particular wine just doesn'tWINESBYPINES - Frisco, TX44/23/2009We keep this wine as an old faithful. It is consistently good.411/26/2009First of all as a courtesy to others please don't rate a wine that has corked! Even a '59 Lafite Rothschild Pauillac that has corked will taste bad. The 2006 Cambria Pinot Noir was a perfect pairing for our Thanksgiving meal and got rave reviews from everyone. It had a fine earthy nose and a well balanced body that held its own with all of the different foods including of course turkey as well as sweet potatoes, dressing, scalloped oysters and green beans. I also served an excellent gewurtztraminer but the Cambria Pinot was the preferred wine of choice.Todd Chase - Pfafftown, NC46/2/2009I like this Pinot. Medium bodied and definitely opens up if you let it breathe for a few minutes - makes a big difference. Looking forward to having it this summer with grilled seafood and chicken.Brian A. Kelley - Mansfield, MA32/28/2009I lived in San Diego for several years and now live in the Boston area. Cambria Pinot Noir was a favorite of mine and my nieces, but this recent purchase tastes like a watered down version. I was disappointed!33/26/2009Not sure how that rating came to be, but it wasn't the wine itself. Decent value, but lacks the character and silkiness to be anywhere need a 93... 87/88, yes.311/4/2009i liked this wine. my mom told me about it and she sure knows her wine!Prax De Zein - Altamonte Springs, FL28/18/2009i found this pinot noir too bitter. it did improve after opening and sitting the fridge overnight.JoAnn Dionysus - Chicago, IL310/18/2009silky and supple ....cherries and chocolate come to mind37/24/2009Very light,slightly acidic for my taste
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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