Wine Wednesday: Cambria Estate Bench Break Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 ($32)

2011 Cambria Estate Bench Break Vineyard Chardonnay -

This Week In White Wine Reviews: Cambria Estate Bench Break Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 ($32)

“The palate exhibits the cool growing conditions of the vintage with tart acidity that brightens flavors of tropical fruit and orange. Notes of oak and lees lend complexity to this delicious wine.” – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards

2013 Robert Parker – 92 Points

2013 Antonio Galloni – 93 Points

2014 Wine Enthusiast – Editor’s Choice – 91 Points

2014 THEGRAPE Grape Certified – Gold Medal


Wine Review

The Cambria Estate Winery is a family owned, sustainably farmed vineyard, with a passionate, dedicated and proud team. Estate defines the wine culture of Cambria. For more than 25 years, Cambria Winery has produced wines that continue to honor and express the singular stamp of one of the finest cool-climate premium wines in California. Benchland refers to the location and way the foothills rise up from the vineyard floor. Together with the ancient techniques and complex soils the vineyards of Cambria Estate wines produce nothing but the best.

Enjoy a glass of this highly acclaimed, 2011 Cambria Estate Bench Break Chardonnay and take in the lush, beautiful aromas and flavors of, lemon, lime rind, ripe tangerine, pink grapefruit, and crème brûlée, offset by notes of vanilla. Offering a balanced and crisp refreshing finish that lasts.

Robert Parker, described the 2011 Cambria Estate Bench Break Chardonnay as, “ Even richer, with gorgeously ripe apple tart, toasted hazelnut, brioche and white flower-like aromas and flavors, the 2011 Chardonnay Bench Break is full-bodied, richly texture and fresh on the palate, with a layered, multi-dimensional feel. It’s a classy Chardonnay meant for drinking over the next 2-3 years.”

Enjoy a bottle now or store in a wine cellar for another year. Though this wine may do well on its own, it’s even better with food! Pair this wine with THEGRAPE fried chicken or cheddar scallion polenta croquettes; or enjoy it alongside a creamy risotto or truffle and vegetable pasta!


Wine Region: Santa Maria Valley (Central Valley), California

Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Complex

Drinks Like: Grgich Hills Estate Grown Chardonnay 2012 ($42), Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2011 ($60)


Food & Wine PairingsFried Chicken – View Recipe



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Grape Certified Gold

Save this wine for an anticipated celebration, special someone or holiday; either way make sure to enjoy this bottle soon, because this wine is reaching its peak date in the next two years, and has been going fast. Relish your senses in aromas and flavors of mixed lemon, and grapefruit, with notes of lemon meringue pie, ripe peach, with hints of vanilla that offer a long clean finish. This Grape Certified Gold wine is a steal and worth every penny!

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