Friday, June 08, 2007

CAMERON HUGHES LOT 30 CHARDONNAY - 2005

My fourth and final review of Cameron Hughes Wine. This Russian River Chardonnay was barrel-fermented and contains 14.5% alcohol. All of the CHW's I reviewed can be purchased either online at www.chwine.com or at Costcos around the country. CHW has done a great job of finding some diamonds in the rough and delivering quality. They are a QPR negociant.

TASTING NOTES:

Pale yellow in color with a light buttered popcorn nose. Flavors of butter, oak, vanilla, mango and pineapple are wonderfully integrated into a harmonious effort. There's also a nice mineral undertone and lots of caramel-like golden flavors on the finish.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

88 PTS
Good acidity, balance and not over-oaked. The tropical fruit flavors are a welcomed surprise and show nicely on the mid-palate. Be careful not to over chill this wine which will mute the flavors. Definitely worth seeking out. Great value here for a well-made California Chardonnay. Retails for around $21.

2 Comments:

  • Hey ChrisR, Stumbled over here from the WLTV forums. Great blog.

    By Anonymous haz008, at Friday, June 08, 2007 7:57:00 PM  

  • I'm a Texas Costco addict.
    Nice stuff there, including too much $ I leave with them.

    Hughes 23 was a winner, sadly gone I think.
    Lot 34 fair at best. I'll let the couple bottles shelve a while.

    This lot 30 is a winner.
    Complexity way beyond the $13 Costco price!
    I'm going back for more.

    By Anonymous vernon, at Sunday, July 01, 2007 7:34:00 PM  

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