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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 89009)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 PinotReport rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Julia's Vineyard is located on the cooler, western end of the Cambria Estate. Named for the owner's youngest daughter, all fruit from Julia's Vineyard is hand harvested and estate grown and reflects the quality of Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Bench in Northern Santa Barbara County. Maritime influences that funnel in from the Pacific Ocean help to maintain mild temperatures and extend the vineyard's growing season which fosters the development of fruit with well-balanced acids and optimal varietal characteristics.

"Our 2005 Julia's Pinot Noir offers dark ripe Bing cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors that open into an underlying earthiness. A round mid-palate leads to vanilla and cinnamon spice on the silky finish."
–Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker

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About Cambria Winery:

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.