Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lot 115 2007
Notes: The richest of our latest Russian River Chardonnays, this wine features a brilliant gold hue and equally pretty nose of spicy apple, honey and pears. Deliciously round from oak ageing yet sprightly with great overall structure and balance. Finishes with pretty fruit and sweet oak notes. Absolutely delicious. Cameron Confidential: A famous Sonoma winery came to us late last summer with an opportunity: they had two ranches which they had contracted for additional growth but had been unable as yet to use the fruit. Rather than break the contracts they wanted to make the wines for us. With supply tightening on chardonnay we leapt at the opportunity. The house style of this producer is to produce a brighter style of RRV chardonnay with judicious use of oak and no malolactic fermentation. These wines are built to pair well with food and this is evidenced by the producer's huge presence on US wine lists. Their production processes are second to none with hand-sorting, whole cluster pressing, and top-quality French oak barrel fermentations. 85% of this blend was fermented and aged 6 months in new French oak barrels and is one of three blends we assembled from the numerous blocks harvested from two Russian River Valley Ranches. Compare at $25-30 which is where the producers RRV Chard is priced.
Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lot 115
Nicely aromatic with butter framed apple and pear fruit. There’s vanilla cream and even a touch of hibiscus, banana and coconut to give this a bit of a tropical tone. Top notes of hazelnut and burnt sugar add a bit of contrast. On the palate the wine lacks the complexity of the nose but does offer a nicely focused, broad, yetcrisp mouthfeel with notes of green apple, mineral, and apricot that lead to a moderately long, yet refreshing and crisp finish. It’s a subtle yet rich wine to serve with a rich, complex dish, perhaps a long braised veal breast. 90pts
Very floral and buttery nose that opens up into pear and orange peel notes. The mouth is very light, focussed on the fruit aspects. Lingers very nicely.
Clean ripe fruit, mostly peaches but some dried apricot. Palate has some light oak and tropical fruit notes.
Nice round pear nose. Medium bodied with a gritty mealiness. Moderate acidity. Middle of the road.