Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: ****+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 159 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts, September, 2010: Cameron Hughes is a negociant, a wine producer who obtains grapes and/or wines from various locations, seeking to create a high-value offering.  The chardonnay offered here is one of CH's "boldest" chardonnay offerings for 2008, by CH's own description.

By way of background: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 159 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008, finished at 14.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Light yellow golden in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with no decant and swirled, this chardonnay shows a bright apple nose, with a bit of toasted butter following behind.  Think apple crisp without the cinnamon. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are sleek and full apple and pear compote, tossed with light acids.  Nice mineral undertone buttresses the whole experience, and brings a substantial finish.

In summary: Overall, full, lush, bold, new world chardonnay experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for intense balance.  Good value.

Following long decant, almost one-day kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  The nose actually toned up a bit, now fuller and bolder, nicely mineral.  A pleasing sweetness comes into the palate, lightly lacing through all of the elements.  This moves to a full four stars with the longer decant, making it a best value.
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Updated review, almost a year later, August, 2011:  Consistent color.  On the nose, butter comes first this time, followed by apple.  Sweet, mineral pear now defines the palate.  The four stars gain a plus for lusciousness.  This has held up very nicely to aging that brings it now three years from vintage date.  Awesome value. Following long decant, full week under vacuum in partially-filled bottle kept cool:  Now buttery apple compote on the nose.  Still solid, full, sweet and mineral nose.  This held up very well to th decant, as before.

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