Thursday, May 20, 2010

**** $ Cameron Hughes (CH) Lot 118 Viognier, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2007 - Wine Review and Rating

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Original review, December, 2009:

By way of background: This Viognier from Santa Barbara County, California, is Lot 118 from the Cameron Hughes line. Alcohol is a very hefty 14.9%. 

In the glass:This is a very pale lemon in color.

On the nose: Poured without a decant at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously,the Cameron Hughes Lot 118 Viognier shows a gentle nose of metallic grass and light slate, with citrus suggestions.

On the palate: A full fleshy - but bright - middle is the first note, filling your palate.  The flavors resolve into bright,  acidic pear, spritzed with lemon. Acids move up with the alcohol into your nostrils.

And the finish:Stays ascending and alcoholic, with citrus hanging out until even after the alcohol wraps up.

In summary:
Bright, vigorous experience, though not compelling enough to suggest an encore.  Two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but with a plus thrown in for its lively core.
Updated review, six months later, May, 2010:

Turning more honey in color.   Citrus is gone from the nose, but still a shy slate and grass.   The fleshy middle is now a ripe, almost creamy, pear.  No lemons or prickly acids.  Just a nice lift to hold the full middle aloft.  Touches of melon and tropical fruit join the pear for a long finish.  Leaps ahead to four stars on the Spirit of Wine scale, making this an absolutely awesome value, now in its third year from vintage date.

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