Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: ***+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 242 Chardonnay, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California, 2009 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Cameron Hughes is a negociant typically seeking medium- to high-quality wines at value prices.  We are trying a value-priced chardonnay today from the Atlas Peak region of Napa Valley.

Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Lot 242 Chardonnay, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California, 2009, finished at a whopper 14.6% alcohol.

In the glass: Clear with light vanilla and very light yellow overtones. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, sleek, mineral citrus and apple.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, fruit and still sleek.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a nicely balanced mineral core of apple fruit with elements of honey and citrus.  The light honey moves into your cheeks for a fresh, crispy finish, which  slowly recedes with wisps of acid. 

In summary: Overall, fresh and lively, rates three stars with a big plus for balance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Not quite concentrated enough to tip to the fourth star, but still an outstanding value at its price point. 

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