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Vino Veritas: Cambria, Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2007


Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay

2007 Santa Maria Valley California

The first thing that hits you about Cambria’s Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay is the smell. Yes there are citrus and tropical fruit aromas but even before you taste the wine you can tell it is going to have a creamy, butteryness. Indeed, wine mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy, malolatic fermentation anyone, bringing out the flavors of pear, apple, apricot, vanilla and white peach with a solid yet subtle and balanced undertone of wood and just enough acid to maintain a bright finish.

This wine would be excellent paired with herb-roasted poultry or lightly smoked mild cheeses.


Vino Veritas: Raymond Vineyards Napa Valley Reserve Wines

Raymond Vineyards Napa Valley Reserve Wines

2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc falls into the grassy / lemony category. It is nicely acidic in a way that makes it very refreshing. Lots of bright flavors would pair well with fish dishes or a nice summer day. This is a good wine to keep in the fridge for those spur-of-the-moment “I need a glass of wine” occasions.

2006 Reserve Chardonnay

While not in a style that is my personal preference for Chardonnay, the Raymond Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay has a substantial oaky and creamy character that is robust enough to tolerate being paired with hearty foods it still has the acidity to cut through heavier cream sauces like a good garlicky Alfredo.

2005 Reserve Merlot

I found this Merlot to be a tasty gem with a good balance of dark and bright fruit, tannin and a nice spicy finish. It retails for somewhere around $20 (local prices may vary), but is a really good all around value for that price range. Don’t believe the propaganda. Merlot grapes make really good wine when they are treated in the right way. I’d put this one with that leg of lamb or Easter ham that might be on the table this weekend in a heartbeat. Better get two or three bottles, everyone will probably want another glass.