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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Cambria Rae's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
Cambria Rae's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 55439)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $52.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This winegrowing season was exceptional. Bud break came in early February, and the grapes were able to hang on the vine until October 13th, which allowed additional time to develop on the vine. The wine was aged in 100% new François Frères barrels for ten months and this amazing integration of singular oak seasoning sets this vintage of Cambria Rae's Pinot Noir apart from others.

This limited production Pinot Noir is expected to be particularly age-worthy due to the extended amount of time the fruit spent on the vine, the small crop from which the fruit came, and the prominent acid structure. Only 524 cases were produced.

"This Rae's Pinot Noir opens up with sweet cherry, tobacco and earthy aromas. Followed by a velvety softness in the mouth, this wine is full-bodied and graces the palate with a long, blueberry finish."
-Fred Holloway, 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.