Cambria Estate Winery

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.

Cambria 'Julia's Vineyard' Rose of Pinot Noir 2017
A blend of Estate Pinot Noir Clones, including 115 and 2A, were farmed off of two Julia's Vineyard rows designed for Rose. Aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon, and citrus. Smooth texture with lively acid and a tart finish.Pair with cast iron barbecue shrimp.
Item Number: 32558
Case: $167.40

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2015
“Ripe pineapple and citrus aromas dominate the nose of this wine, with pineapple, yellow peach, tangerine, orange blossom and creamsicle flavors. Bright acidity is balanced by texture in the mid palate, carrying through the long finish.” ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 30129
Case: $167.40

Cambria 'Bench Break' Pinot Noir 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Pale to medium ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Bench Break has intense red currant and red cherry notes with hints of violets, Chinese five spice and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, fine and fresh in the mouth, it has a lot of varietal expression and sense of

Cambria 'Bench Break' Pinot Noir 2013
“The 2013 Benchbreak Pinot Noir is deep, dark purple in color with abundant red fruit and dark berry aromas and flavors. The ever present underlying earthy character compliments its solid tannin structure and long fruity finish.” ~Winery Notes

Cambria 'Benchbreak' Chardonnay 2014
87  Wine Enthusiast 
The Tasting Panel 90 "Smooth, ripe and toasty with juicy pear fruit and good acid structure; fresh and balanced, long and stylish."  Wine Enthusiast 87 " A flinty smoke aroma greets the nose first on this well-priced bottling from the Jackson family, with roasted Marcona almond, toasted brioche

Cambria 'Julias Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013
"Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep, dark purple with underlying earthy character that compliments its solid tannin structure. Red fruit and dark berry aromas and flavors carry through to a long fruity finish." ~Winery Notes

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2013
“The 2013 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay features lively fruit and oak spice aromas supported by citrus, white peach and apple flavors on the palate. Nicely weighted through the mid-palate, the finnish is bright and crisp. Since 2009, all the grapes from our Estate Vineyard have been certied

Cambria 'Julias Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2012
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 “This single-vineyard selection from the Jackson Family’s Santa Maria Valley winery kicks off with scents ranging from red, blistered tomato to pomegranate reduction and mole sauce. On the palate, flavors vary from sweeter berry to tart cherry, with a savory, roasted pork element

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2012
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 Cellar Selection " At first, there’s a slight green herb funkiness of sharp dill on the nose of this single-vineyard offering from the Jackson Family-owned Cambria brand, where Santa Maria native Denise Shurtleff has made the wine since 1999. Once sipped, that evolves into a

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 " A beautiful Chardonnay, the 2011 Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard is pure and detailed on the nose with crisp white peach, white flowers, crushed rock-like minerality and hints of creme to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and focused texture. Crisp, pure and downright delicious,

Cambria 'Julias Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2011
"Dark cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. An underlying earthiness balances the fruit characters. Since 2009, all the grapes from our Estate Vineyard have been certied as sustainable under the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance’s Certied California Sustainable Winegrower (CCSW) program."

Cambria 'Julias Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2010
"Dark cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. An underlying earthiness balances the fruit characters. Supple, juicy entry and palate texture held in check by a rm structural element. Finishes with a pronounced gravel streak." Winery Notes

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2010
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 Editor's Choice "So elegant and sophisticated, this is a great value in California Chardonnay. Although it’s dry, it’s rich and delicious in pineapples, pears, mangoes and honey, with an opulent overlay of sweet oak. The brisk acidity is balanced, and gets the mouth watering." —

Cambria 'Tepusquet Vineyard' Syrah 2006
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88"Shows off distinct pepper, nutmeg and blackberry flavors that are full-blown, with hints of espresso and blueberry on the finish. This has firm, integrated tannins. Drink now through 2013."

Cambria 'Bench Break Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2006
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92"Delivers lots of bang for the buck. Built like a fine French Burgundy, its rich and intricate in smoky-oak infused tropical fruit, fig and Asian spice flavors that have an undercurrent of stony minerals. Really impressive for this price." ~S.H.

Cambrian 'Tatiarra' Shiraz 2005
94  Robert Parker 
 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

Cambria 'Katherines Vineyard' Chardonnay 2009
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91Editor's Choice"They packed a lot of flavor into this rich Chardonnay for the price. Its toasty buttery and popcorny & with ripe fruit notes of pineapples and exotic tropical fruits. A brisk streak of minerals and acidity provides clean balance." ~S.H.

Cambria Julia's Pinot Noir 2000
86  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 86Aims for complexity, with toasty oak wrapped around a core of delicate plum and black cherry. Finish shows oak having a slight upper hand. Drink now through 2005. 16,624 cases made. (JL)

Cambria 'Julias Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2009
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Another lovely Julias Pinot from Cambria, at a fair price. With its light tannins and transparency, its definitely Pinot Noir, and the acidity testifies to a cool climate. You might even pick out the Santa Maria Valley from the crushed Indian spices. Subtle but intriguing