Robert Parker 94
"The 2005 Shiraz Cambrian reveals more chocolate and scorched earth characteristics than the 2004 as well as fuller body, more abundant fruit, and huge tannin, muscle, and extract. Only connoisseurs with great cellars as well as abundant patience should consider purchasing this monster. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+ "
Stephen Tanzer 93
"Deep, powerfully aromatic red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by exotic Asian spices and vanilla, with a slow-mounting fl oral note adding interest. Weighty red and dark fruit fl avors are gently supported by soft acidity and sneaky minerality. Gains sweetness with air, taking a jammy turn on the fi nish but maintaining superb energy and precision. The tannins here are impressively silky, giving the wine a very seductive character. Really captivating stuff."
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Long before the Santa Maria Valley benchland was recognized as a great winegrowing region, the native Chumash Indians knew it as "tepuztli," meaning copper coin. Later, Spanish settlers translated the word as Tepusquet. Proprietor Barbara Banke acquired a large portion of the original Tepusquet Vineyard (planted between 1970 and 1971) in 1986 to serve as the site for Cambria winery. Over the last two decades the vineyard has been expanded, replanted and updated with new clones and rootstocks to take advantage of the unique climatic and geological conditions of the Santa Maria Bench.