Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Alexander Valley Lot 109 2006
Vintage: 2006Appellation: Carneros, Napa Valley Grape: 100% ChardonnayProduction: 5000 cases Availability: October 2007 Taste: Chardonnay in a rich, complex style. Lively and bright on the nose with apples, peaches, mangos and fresh acidity surrounded in smokey oak tones. It is full bodied and very fleshy on the palate, with excellent depth of flavor, and a long, mildly oakey finish. It tastes of tropical fruit, peach, lemon, toasted oak, and baked bread. As I write this (Oct. 2nd), the oak is dominant in this wine but by the time it hits you the fruit and acid should come up to meet it. Enjoy with dishes calling for a richer style of Chardonnay, including poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, broiled halibut, crab Louis, or fettuccine ala carbonara.Cameron Confidential: Again, think Rombauer. Those of you who remember Lot 30 will be thrilled with this release (which is, in my opinion, the better of the two wines). Its just coming around in the bottle right now and the oak is dominant but it should be righted here in the next few weeks. This wine is sourced from two vineyards on the Napa side of Carneros, one of the cooler growing districts of California (due to the fogs coming up from the SF Bay) and one of the best places to grow the chardonnay grape in California. This wine showcases the best of Carneros, bright acidity, tropical fruit, and pretty oak. Our winemaker actually blended five different lots from two producers selling these wines between $24 and $29 to get to the final blend.
I like a chardonnay with a little age on it. This 2006 chard is nice and ready and will hold up to a chicken cacciatore. From Carneros, this wine has nice acid balance, fruit and vanilla finishes with slight oak. Buy at Safeway for about $11 on sale from $16. Only a small amount left of the shelves. Cameron is coming out with a new series for Safeway. Stay tuned or sign up for their insider list at www.chwine.com.
A little simple, but very good for the price
This is a great chardonnay. Not quite the 'serve to impress' wine, but definitely more than a Tuesday night with pizza chardonnay. Flavors of pear, apricot and honeysuckle. Some hints of spice and maybe hazelnut. I wouldn't skip this if you come across it. CP.
Folks, this is not a great chardonnay. It is thin and lifeless. And I am not an oak freak but please, have some body and character. There are many other wines at this price point that bring more to the table. Try Bogle or Hess.
Two and a half glasses
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