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Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Napa Valley Lot 108 2007

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Notes: Nose of toasty oak, brioche, quince, and lemon custard leaps from the glass. The aromatics are well defined and complex, with a strong backbone of minerality that tickles the nose and really lifts the aromatics out of the glass. Just a baby, this wine does need some time to breathe, so a bit of swirling is in order. On the palate she's broad and lush with intense lemon, grapefruit, and spicy oak. Highly structured, this wine has probably the best aging potential of any Chardonnay we have offered (in fact, it's what its parent winery is known for). Cameron Confidential: Pricing is a rather nebulous subject in the wine world: Some folks are able to obtain customer loyalty over the years that enables them to command stratospheric prices for their limited productions. The winery we sourced this Chardonnay from commands one of the highest prices for Chardonnay in Napa Valley but also manages to sell well over 25,000 cases of it each year—a particularly impressive accomplishment. Now, to be honest, I really do like the wine and I think it ages really well. But, having had the wine numerous times at restaurants (trust me, I never paid for it), the $50+ retail price tag seems high to me and the $120+ price tag in restaurants even more so. That said, this is America—if you can sell 25,000+ cases of wine at $50+ prices, more power to you. Obviously, I am not trying to pooh-pooh this wine, just setting expectations. Its provenance in the hills of Coombsville (just east of Carneros and Oak Knoll disticts) is really exciting. Most folks don't know about Coombsville because the AVA application got caught up in a to-do about what to name it (Tulocay or Coombsville?), but I think it's one of the best places to grow grapes in Napa. Some of the deepest, darkest, best-structured Cabs I have ever tasted hail from this region. It's got the soils (volcanic) and some of the best temperature swings in the Valley without the wind that plagues Carneros.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Cameron Hughes Wine:
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. Our focus is on buying at the high-end, small available 'Lots' of super premium wine. Because not all wine at the high-end is bottled, we rescue those... Read more
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. Our focus is on buying at the high-end, small available 'Lots' of super premium wine. Because not all wine at the high-end is bottled, we rescue those 'Lots' do some stylistic blending and get it to you at a great price. Our company produces and markets wine under Cameron Hughes Lot Series, Flying Winemaker, Hughes-Wellman, RockRidge, and Evergreen. We do not own vineyards or ferment wine. Our business model is built around what we call in the industry the “spot” market for super/ultra premium bulk wines. We use our own palates as guides to deliver delicious, super premium wine that is easily accessible price and style-wise. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Napa Valley Lot 108

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,091
4.00 5
04/21/2010

Smokey oak on the nose is a bit dominant at this stage, though there is plenty of crisp underlying fruit with a touch of banana trying to bust through the veneer. On the palate the oak is nicely incorporated into the rich fruit but remains obvious for now. Still, this remains crisp and fresh with nice tones of white orchard fruits on the backend, which shows vibrant acids that lead to a long, somewhat spicy finish. This still needs some time to completely integrate the oak but it’s balanced and well on its way. 89pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
05/04/2010

Buttery popcorn nose with a lot of oak, and more so on the mouth. Accompanied by flavors of green apple, parsley, and mint. The finish is pretty long, and the butter stays on the tongue. I like it, but I don't love it.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
4.50 5
05/02/2010

I loved the simple taste of this wine - smooth, citrus, lively with fruit. Great for a hot summer day.



Notes: Nose of toasty oak, brioche, quince, and lemon custard leaps from the glass. The aromatics are well defined and complex, with a strong backbone of minerality that tickles the nose and really lifts the aromatics out of the glass. Just a baby, this wine does need some time to breathe, so a bit of swirling is in order. On the palate she's broad and lush with intense lemon, grapefruit, and spicy oak. Highly structured, this wine has probably the best aging potential of any Chardonnay we have offered (in fact, it's what its parent winery is known for). Cameron Confidential: Pricing is a rather nebulous subject in the wine world: Some folks are able to obtain customer loyalty over the years that enables them to command stratospheric prices for their limited productions. The winery we sourced this Chardonnay from commands one of the highest prices for Chardonnay in Napa Valley but also manages to sell well over 25,000 cases of it each year—a particularly impressive accomplishment. Now, to be honest, I really do like the wine and I think it ages really well. But, having had the wine numerous times at restaurants (trust me, I never paid for it), the $50+ retail price tag seems high to me and the $120+ price tag in restaurants even more so. That said, this is America—if you can sell 25,000+ cases of wine at $50+ prices, more power to you. Obviously, I am not trying to pooh-pooh this wine, just setting expectations. Its provenance in the hills of Coombsville (just east of Carneros and Oak Knoll disticts) is really exciting. Most folks don't know about Coombsville because the AVA application got caught up in a to-do about what to name it (Tulocay or Coombsville?), but I think it's one of the best places to grow grapes in Napa. Some of the deepest, darkest, best-structured Cabs I have ever tasted hail from this region. It's got the soils (volcanic) and some of the best temperature swings in the Valley without the wind that plagues Carneros.

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