It’s been awhile since I looked at any wines from Cameron Hughes. This California based négociant has been knocking out solid values; particularly in his lot series. With wine sourced from the world over, the portfolio is pretty vast. Today I’ll look at a current release of Chardonnay. It’s worth noting that previous Chardonnay lots I’ve sampled have been impressive. I’m not sure if the folks over at Cameron Hughes have a particular penchant for this grape, but the ones I’ve tasted would indicate they very well might be the case. The Cameron Hughes Lot 145 2008 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay was made for them by a custom crush facility. This wine sees oak treatment in two different types of French barrels. Just over 5,000 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $12.
Orange peel, apple and vanilla are all apparent in the nose of this Chardonnay. Peach and apple are a significant part of the palate but those flavors take a slight back seat to a host of lush tropical fruit notes such as mango. Apple pie flavors, fruit, spice and crust are all part of the finish along with white pepper and lingering peach notes. This wine has terrific acidity and is very well balanced. The oak treatment is obvious but not overdone.
The bottom line is that this is another terrific Chardonnay from Cameron Hughes. For $12 it’s a genuine bargain. Grab this one by the case, before it’s gone, and drink it all summer long.