Sunday, May 6, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Cameron Hughes (CH) Lot 145 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background:The Cameron Hughes Lot 145 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County in California, vintage 2008, is part of the wide Cameron Hughes line.  This chardonnay was aged in a mixture of oaks and was finished with 14.1% alcohol.

Original review, December, 2009: 

In the glass:This is clear with a vanilla/lemon cast.

On the nose: Poured without a decant, served at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, aromas are muted, soft marsh grasses and even more muted hints of pear and apple.

On the palate:A soft, full, lush palate comes on more aggressively than the nose would ever suggest.  The sweet, clean fruit fills your mouth, bringing sweet, slick chardonnay to the back of your palate.  The viscosity reminds of butterscotch, but the flavors are clean and true to the grape alone. 

And the finish:Settles without notable acids along the fringes of your mouth and into your cheeks, leaving a clean wash, ready for the next sip. 

In summary:Just tips the three star mark on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.This becomes a best value by virtue of its attractive price.

Updated review, over two years later,   May, 2012:  Deep yellow in the glass.  Soft grass and pear on the nose, nothing suggesting too much aging at four years.  Perfectly consistent and bold palate.  Great value.  Wearing its age extraordinarily well.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Soft pear with touch of nice stinky feet on the nose.  Palate is secure. 

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