Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
from Santa Maria Valley, California
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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.
"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."
"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."
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The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
This is good Pinot but we discovered we are not Pinot drinkers, prefer syrah / shiraz. This , howerver is the best Pinot I have ever tasted, better than some $30 Pinot's here in Oregon. Nice nose, great light color but not our cup of tea (wine).
Though 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.
Lovely 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.
I liked it for the value, but will definitely let it open up more next time.
Purchased this wine based on the ratings and reviews and it did not disappoint. Very good for the price. I would buy this wine again.
Opened 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.
I really enjoyed the smooth berry flavors in this wine combined with the light oak characteristics in the finish. I would definitely buy this wine again. It paired very well with a white asparagus and pancetta pizza recipe recommended on the Cambria website
You can't beat this wine for the money. A great wine to have around the house. Very nice finish.
Despite 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.
Loads of red fruit, minor earthiness, and none of the leathery-barn flavors (which I happen to love) but truly a best-buy. Decant and let sit in the glass for a few and this Cambria will stand up to pinot's double the price. Bought a case and couldn't be happier!
Very disappointed. Opened one bottle, returned the rest.
We 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.
I found this wine remarkably light to be rated 93. It does have nice fruit but is very thin bodied...you can see through the glass. If you prefer a bolder wine, as I do, you probably will be disappointed with this wine. It's not a bad wine, it's just not my preference. Based on what it is...a pinot noir...I think a 90 rating is more in line.
I believe this is the best Cambria out there for the money. Silky smooth.
I will start by saying I usually do not like wine. It could be that I just never found the right kind of wine, because I absolutely loved this wine. I even purchased 3 cases of it to serve as the red wine at my wedding reception.
more brown than red in color, tasted like oakchips soaked in water. no complexity, no balance. hopefully just a bad bottle.
This pinot is ruby red - light and delicious with pizza.
An excellent Pinot Noir. Very light and full of fruit.
We just ordered this wine and my wife and I agreed it was too light in color, smell and complexity, lacking any of the tastes that we were expecting given prior reviews.
Very fruity, light. I wouldn't be offended if someone brought me a bottle of this but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
I 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.
A 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.
I really enjoyed the smoothness of this wine. The alcohol causes a comfortable slight warmness a few seconds after tasting. Very mellow. The wine is aromatic and the blend of berries in it's flavor is great. Highly recommended for those that enjoy a red wine that is not very tannic.
slightly chilled this wine
This outstanding winery produces several variations of Pinot from Julia's Vyd. They also sell grapes to prominent wineries who make their style of Pinot with this vineyard designate. The '06 from Cambria is luscious, fruity with a nice acid-balance. Hand-crafted and high-quality.
Made 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!
It is a great value. Not a 93, IMO, but certainly 90 - 91. Aerate to open it up and you'll be rewarded.
Purchased 2 bottles of this wine after reading about it in Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2009. It was an editor's choice. I thought it was "ok" but was expecting more.
This wine exceeded our expectations, even after reading the review, which states that it easily is the best Pinot Noir available for this price. This is a gem and we plan to buy many more bottles of this in the future!
Not sure if we just got a bad bottle, but it tasted corked.
Very light, excellent with pizza and/or mediterranian. Give this guy 20 min in the glass and you will be glad you purchased!
Very light and thin, even for a Pinot Noir. Also, I think the bottle I had may have been corked, as there was something off about the overall flavor. Not at all what I expected based on the ratings and past reviews.
I 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.
This 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't
The wine was lean no structure, short finish; the only good thing was the nose - typical of Pinot Noir but otherwise not much to it
Spectacular inexpensive Pinot
We keep this wine as an old faithful. It is consistently good.
After some hesitation regarding proper labeling, I tasted this wine and loved it. Aromas of pomegranite and sour cherries. Lingering finish.
First 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.
I 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.
I 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!
Not 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.
i liked this wine. my mom told me about it and she sure knows her wine!
i found this pinot noir too bitter. it did improve after opening and sitting the fridge overnight.
silky and supple ....cherries and chocolate come to mind
Very light,slightly acidic for my taste
It is a good Pinot Noir but I tend to agree with other reviewer's that it is not a 93. Not nearly deep or complex enough. I was certainly thrown off by the #1 WE rating.
very disappointing. watery, almost a rose
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