The 2006 vintage is bright with citrus, apple, peach, and vanilla aromas. Rich, mouth-filling flavors of grapefruit, citrus blossom, white peach, and sweet oak lead to a crisp finish with a lasting impression of spicy oak.
Named for proprietor Barbara Banke's eldest daughter, Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay is a vineyard designated, estate grown wine. The vineyard is located along the famed Santa Maria Bench in Northern Santa Barbara County. To yield the best wines—intensely flavored wines that showcase both varietal and terroir equally— the vineyard is pampered throughout the growing season. Our farming crew begins leaf thinning in early summer to allow more sunlight to reach the clusters, which facilitates even ripening and better flavor development. We limit irrigation to restrict vine vigor and focus the vine's energy on fruit production. Green harvesting is employed to remove secondary clusters and to foster growth of the primary clusters. When the grapes reach full maturity, individual blocks are handpicked one at a time by our seasoned vineyard crew.