While we were in Santa Maria, we found ourselves driving through wine country contemplating stopping at another winery, but undecided. We saw a sign for Cambria, made a sharp turn up a hill, ran over a snake (!), and decided to go for it.
Here's a snippet of the scenery from the top of the hill…
We were greeted in the tasting room by two friendly ladies who were so nice–the customer service was excellent. I was already feeling tipsy from our previous stops, so we agreed to just share a tasting.
We both enjoyed the 2011 Tempusquet Pinot Gris–it was very light and crisp. It would be perfect for sipping on the back patio in late spring/early summer. I was certain it was going to make our "buy" list, but at the end of the tasting, it was actually a Chardonnay that won us over. And let me tell you–I am NOT a Chardonnay drinker.
The 2011 Clone 76 Chardonnay caught me off guard. I was fully prepared to dislike it. I just prefer my whites to be not-so-oaky. But this wine–all I can say is that it tastes like butter. Really. That's the most memorable thing about it. I vaguely recall pineapple, but butter is what stands out in my mind. We only bought one bottle, but I'm already trying to plan the perfect meal to go with it.
We both thought the 2010 Bench Break Pinot Noir was nice, but not very memorable. I thought for sure that we'd take a bottle of the Clone 115 Pinot home, but in the end, it was the 2010 Clone 23 Pinot that won us over. I can't wait to find the perfect meal for that one. The tasting notes indicate cherry-cola, smoke, and spice and I totally agree.
I am looking forward to a chance to bring my mom by for a tasting. I'm curious what she'll think.