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Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyardtext
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Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard 2016

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, United StatesJulia’s Vineyard was named for Julia Jackson back in 1988, twenty years after the original fog-covered pinot noir vines were planted at the Santa Maria site, on ancient soils full of fossilized seashells, shale, limestone and sand. The vineyard site is unique in that it boasts one of the longest growing seasons in California, and with that comes consistency of quality. The fruit is always forward here with bright ripe black raspberry and blueberry aromas striped with cranberry, pomegranate, and sweet brown baking spice. A hedonistic, California pinot noir that entertains rather than confounds. Salmon, mushroom risotto, roasted chicken all work here. It's a mix of clones including 4, 2A, 23, 667, 115, 777 and 828 that are barrel-aged for 8.5 months in French oak, 31 percent of which is new.Tasted: 14 September 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 33.99 BCLS AB 30.00 fine wine boutiques US 18.00 Producer: Cambria Estate Vineyard & WineryDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 232215UPC: 726319000018