Saturday, July 9, 2011

The next great deal from Cameron Hughes


2007 Cameron Hughes Lot 115 Russian River Chardonnay....$8.99
Taste: The richest of our latest Russian River Valley 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 approached us late last summer with an opportunity: They had contracted two ranches 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 leaped at the opportunity.

The house style of this producer is to produce a brighter 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. This winery's 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 this producer's RRV Chard is priced.
info from Cameron Hughes Website

1 comment:

David said...

Nice to see 85% new oak is "judicious."

Also, lots of ranches, no malo, strong presence on restaurant wine lists = Sonoma Cutrer. Nice deal.