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Proprietor and winemaker Eric Laumann launched Cambiata in 2002 (first vintge 2004) after making wines for other people (Hacienda Wine Cellars, Zaca Mesa Winery, Kendall Jackson, Bronco, Bonny Doon and Edna Valley Vineyard) for over two decades. Laumann cites Richard Graff, the founder of Chalone, as his inspiration.
The name Cambiata, is the added tonal dimension that occurs when two chords momentarily share properties, so that the transition has greater depth and maleficence.
The winery offers limited quantities of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands and other cool sites in Monterey County, as well as unusual varietals including Albarino, Tannat and Dornfelder. Annual production is under 1,500 cases.