A tasty pair from California
It took a few hours of air for the 2012 Cambria Estate Winery, Pinot Noir, Bench Break, Santa Maria Valley to show its current bits of complexity and potential for short-term development. The flavors are surprisingly good for this price point and the use of oak seems appropriate. It is a wine worth drinking but I do, however, recommend you cellar it for another year before trying. The 2012 Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma County is a wine to drink right now. This perfectly blended, exuberant wine will make you want to see the bottle to the end. It is advisable, then, that you purchase several bottles! These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 Cambria Estate Winery, Pinot Noir, Bench Break, Santa Maria Valley – $24
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir which spent time in both new and used oak barrels. Alcohol 14.5%. The tart cherry and black fruit flavors are acidity driven and eventually morph into a strawberry flavored finish. The gentle and billowy ripeness exists over a gently assertive structure. With air citric notes build as well as some chocolate sweetness and tobacco. *** 2016-2020.
2012 Ridge, Three Valleys, Sonoma County – $24
This wine is a blend of 82% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignane, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. Alcohol 14.2%. The flavors have gravity from the start, building upon raspberry and other red berries with depth, acidity, and tartness. There is just a hint of structure on the gums. The wine is so well integrated that it is hard to describe. With air, this medium bodied wine takes on a bit of cream in the finish. I would drink this now while it is exuberant. *** Now-2017.