Drinking & Thinking

Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard ’13 Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley

Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday. It’s what Christmas could be without all the bullshit. Celebrating with family and friends over good food and drink are what the holidays are all about.


Mimosas in the morning followed by more champagne and cocktails. Then for the main event you have a nice bottle of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. I’m usually more of a red guy especially for epic feasts. However, Variety is the spice of life. So for today’s post I’m giving the traditional Thanksgiving white a try and going with Cambria’s Kathrine’s Vineyard Chardonnay.   


-Color: Light yellow tint, but a very clear Chard. No tears to speak of.


-Nose: Wet hay and melon. A bit of oak and slight hints of vanilla. All of these coming together to give it a bouquet reminiscent of kettle cooked popcorn.


-Flavor: Medium high acidity, butter, and citrus notes on the palate. Very refreshing, no floral notes at all. Actually, no really big fruit flavors to speak of and hardly any bitterness. Just the citrus up front and butter and oak.


-Rating: 2.75/5: A very good representation of the varietal and style that comes out of California and one that is growing on me. It is buttery and oaky but not overpowering. Its complex and refreshing enough that I could sit and enjoy a glass without a having it alongside a meal. With this 90 pointer being under $20 I highly recommend grabbing a bottle for the Chard drinkers this holiday season.


-Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Sounds enjoyable> Did this wine get 90 points? SIgnificantly higher than your 2.75/5 isn’t it?


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