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Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Lot 159 2008

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Notes: Brilliant golden center with a matching rim. Asian pears abound, followed by candied apple and hints of banana on the nose. Nicely integrated new French oak and a kiss of butter cream, this wine offers a lingering acidity and that trademark sherbet overtone. The soft viscosity and playful structure nominate this wine for that "springtime on the patio" Chardonnay. It has just found its stride and will best be enjoyed over the next couple of years. Cameron Confidential: This is the third of three wines made for us by a stunning custom crush facility that normally produces wine for 30 high-end wine producers. We got our hands on some great reserve-tier juice from which these three Chardonnays came: Lots 145, 159, and 158. This wine is the most playful of the three and in particular shows the least amount of oak, instead emphasizing the more delicate fruit. All three of these Santa Barbara chards present great value and quality, including the baby sister of the three, Lot 158.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Lot 159

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,799
3.00 5
04/21/2010

Rich and soft on the nose with notes of sweet vanilla, caramel, honey, and pineapple fruit. In the mouth this is large scaled with a sweet entry and a very round, popularly styled mouthfeel that just rolls across the palate. It’s really fruit, and fruit forward for that matter with a creamy finish. A definite winner for the cocktail wine crowd, but I prefer a bit more acid and elegance from my Chardonnay. 86pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
04/30/2010

Yeasty ripe-fruit nose, with mango, pineapple, and coconut. The mouth is heavy and tropical, notably with banana. I liked drinking this.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
05/06/2010

Pleasant melon nose. Moderate well balanced acidity. Melon and lemon with a slight gruff touch on the bready finish.


Snooth User: wmcarter
42647723
4.00 5
06/06/2010

This is an oustanding chard and a great value. Buy it!


Snooth User: Watchguy2
79204011
3.50 5
03/06/2011

This isn't a typical pop the cork and drink Chardonnay. Be sure not to drink it very cold. Let the bottle air out for a little while and then warm up in the glass if it has been in a refrigerator. Swirl to release all of the wonderful flavors and you will be very pleased. It taste much better than the price, typical for Cameron Hughes wines.


External Reviews for Cameron Hughes Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Lot 159

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"This wine is wonderfully textured with a soft mouth feel


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

The initial flavors of peach and citrus are underlined with French oak. Portions of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation giving it a creamy texture with some crisp acidity.



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Notes: Brilliant golden center with a matching rim. Asian pears abound, followed by candied apple and hints of banana on the nose. Nicely integrated new French oak and a kiss of butter cream, this wine offers a lingering acidity and that trademark sherbet overtone. The soft viscosity and playful structure nominate this wine for that "springtime on the patio" Chardonnay. It has just found its stride and will best be enjoyed over the next couple of years. Cameron Confidential: This is the third of three wines made for us by a stunning custom crush facility that normally produces wine for 30 high-end wine producers. We got our hands on some great reserve-tier juice from which these three Chardonnays came: Lots 145, 159, and 158. This wine is the most playful of the three and in particular shows the least amount of oak, instead emphasizing the more delicate fruit. All three of these Santa Barbara chards present great value and quality, including the baby sister of the three, Lot 158.

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