Friday, December 20, 2013

Updated Review & Rating: *** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 212 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, 2009

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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 one is a Carnewros Sonoma County chardonnay, identified as one of Cameron's personal picks.  Review sample was obtained from Cameron Hughes.

Original tasting and review , June, 2011: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 212 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, 2009, finished at 14.4% alcohol in 30% new French oak.

In the glass: Lot 212 is a medium/light gold in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft pears with a hint of pineapple and citrus.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fun and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft butterscotch, lightly sweet, announcing some additional fruit flavors of ripe pear and applesauce. The finish begins buttery with a citrus and acid squeak, followed by a clean and sweet wash into a moderately long finish.  Some sugar syrup remains in the close. 

In summary: Overall, classic full-bodied chardonnay experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, a year and a half later, December, 2013:  A little deeper butterscotch in the glass.  Pineapple with a hint of motor oil show on the nose.  A bit of butterscotch syrup begins the sip, but it migrates into elements of soft citrus as it moves towards the close.  Still good.  Time to drink up now.

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