Cambria Clone 23 Pinot Noir 2007

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Cambria is best known for its Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, of which it produces some 60,000 cases. Within that miles-wide estate vineyard are blocks of different Pinot clones that eventually end up in Julia’s Vineyard’s blend. Luckily for us, winemaker Denise Shurteff gets to produce small production lots of Clones 2A, 23, and 115. These are for sale to wine club members and visitors to the winery’s Santa Maria tasting room. Clone 23 Pinot Noir was picked at a whopping 29° Brix and has 14.4 percent alcohol in the bottle. But you wouldn’t know it. Because the single clone wines are handcrafted in minute amounts – just 250 cases for this vintage - Denise’s personal touch is conspicuous. She actually goes into the vineyard to taste the fruit before harvest. The grapes were picked at the end of September, 2005 and had about a year in 100 percent new French oak. Her choice of the new oak is on target, providing the wine with a backbone of smoky oak. The medium bodied, purple and garnet wine opens with aromas of summer blackberries and wild Maine blueberries. The sandy loam soil on which Clone 23 is grown brings a subtle earthiness to the flavour palate as well. Those berry flavours continue across the tongue and the smooth mouthfeel and nice acidity complement the entire package.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Santa Barbara County is a quiet sanctuary of golden hills and well-groomed vineyards located three hours north of the glitter and bustle of Los Angeles. This is the place we call home. For more than 20 years, we have produced estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from our benchland vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA of Santa Barbara County. Welcome to Cambria.
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Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

Cambria is best known for its Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, of which it produces some 60,000 cases. Within that miles-wide estate vineyard are blocks of different Pinot clones that eventually end up in Julia’s Vineyard’s blend. Luckily for us, winemaker Denise Shurteff gets to produce small production lots of Clones 2A, 23, and 115. These are for sale to wine club members and visitors to the winery’s Santa Maria tasting room. Clone 23 Pinot Noir was picked at a whopping 29° Brix and has 14.4 percent alcohol in the bottle. But you wouldn’t know it. Because the single clone wines are handcrafted in minute amounts – just 250 cases for this vintage - Denise’s personal touch is conspicuous. She actually goes into the vineyard to taste the fruit before harvest. The grapes were picked at the end of September, 2005 and had about a year in 100 percent new French oak. Her choice of the new oak is on target, providing the wine with a backbone of smoky oak. The medium bodied, purple and garnet wine opens with aromas of summer blackberries and wild Maine blueberries. The sandy loam soil on which Clone 23 is grown brings a subtle earthiness to the flavour palate as well. Those berry flavours continue across the tongue and the smooth mouthfeel and nice acidity complement the entire package.




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