Thursday, December 20, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ Cameron Hughes Lot 259 Riesling / Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  Cameron Hughes is a negociant, a wine producer who obtains grapes and/or wines from various locations, seeking to create high-value offerings.  This is a combination riesling/ chenin blanc from Washington state, identified as one of Jess' picks.  Review sample was obtained from Cameron Hughes.


Original tasting and review, June, 2011: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 259 Riesling / Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010, finished at 10.9% alcohol.  The blend is 70% riesling and 30% chenin blanc. 

In the glass: Light gold and hay. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, sweet, lightly caramel grasses spritzed with lemon.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, yet having a deeper mouthfeel. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a soft, sweet, yielding middle, bringing muddled sweet hay and grasses together in a grass-ade blend.  Easy acids lift the sweetness to the roof of your mouth, and the finish trickles away slowly, leaving more of a clean, lemon freshness, with virtually no sugar cloy. 

In summary: Overall, a layered and friendly, lightly sweet experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for the nice knitting of the elements.  Great value. 
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Updated review, a year and a half later,  December, 2012:  Light to medium gold, with consistent aromatics.  All of the palate remains intact, bringing just a touch of caramelized sugar to the entire mix.  Still clean and fresh, though.

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