Cambria Estate Winery

Benchbreak Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

8.835 ratings
8.78 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

8.7

Very much an oak-driven style. A lot of wine for $13

Very much an oak-driven style. A lot of wine for $13

1 person found it helpfulFeb 27th, 2019
Adam Kincaid

Love 3L anything

Love 3L anything

1 person found it helpfulDec 16th, 2017
Michael Chelus

Tart apple, lemon, honeycomb, buttery oak, hay, slate and hints of vanilla. Bright acidity and minerality.

Tart apple, lemon, honeycomb, buttery oak, hay, slate and hints of vanilla. Bright acidity and minerality.

1 person found it helpfulJul 14th, 2016
Jeff Lander

Chardonnay from the Central Coast for stage 4 of #amgentoc. Good acid but too oaky for my taste.

Chardonnay from the Central Coast for stage 4 of #amgentoc. Good acid but too oaky for my taste.

May 22nd, 2016
Daniel P. Drake

For the money this is a decent Chardonnay. On the nose is notes of citrus, green apple, lemon meringue and white peach.

On the palate I am getting citrus peel, lemon zest, honeysuckle, pear, saline, wet flint rock and celery leaf on the backend.

There is medium + acidity with a clean fresh finish. Well worth the money.

For the money this is a decent Chardonnay. On the nose is notes of citrus, green apple, lemon meringue and white peach.

On the palate I am getting citrus peel, lemon zest, honeysuckle, pear, saline, wet flint rock and celery leaf on the backend.

There is medium + acidity with a clean fresh finish. Well worth the money.

Apr 13th, 2016
Donald Williams

Lovely. Just a hint of oak. Perfect with dinner.

Lovely. Just a hint of oak. Perfect with dinner.

Jan 16th, 2021
Alan Hyde

Really nice

Really nice

Aug 26th, 2020
Anna Williams

Smooth, tangy butter.

Smooth, tangy butter.

Jan 22nd, 2020
Neal Ferry

Oaky to the max

Oaky to the max

Dec 4th, 2018
Steve Rura

Very mineral-driven Chardonnay. Bitter, almost spicy, with saline, pear and dried apple flavors underneath. Had it with roasted sea bass, artichokes, potatoes, and hericots verts. Niciose style for early Spring.

Very mineral-driven Chardonnay. Bitter, almost spicy, with saline, pear and dried apple flavors underneath. Had it with roasted sea bass, artichokes, potatoes, and hericots verts. Niciose style for early Spring.

Mar 31st, 2018