Rich, golden center with a matching rim. Aromas of raw honeycomb, Asian pears, and orange blossom shine through the nose. The bold mid-palate parallels the opulent fruit expected of Santa Barbara County, and French oak is apparent and well integrated. Subtleties of caramel and butterscotch provide a nice base for the dessert-like fruit. Classic Santa Barbara sherbet qualities show and are inspired by the ripe fruit and crisp acidity. With great viscosity and structure, this wine is drinking beautifully right now.
Cameron Hughes (CH) Lot 145 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008 - Wine Review and Rating
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By way of background: The Cameron Hughes Lot 145 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County in California, vintage 2008, is part of the wide Cameron Hughes line. This chardonnay was aged in a mixture of oaks and was finished with 14.1% alcohol.
In the glass: This is clear with a vanilla/lemon cast.
On the nose: Poured without a decant, served at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, aromas are muted, soft marsh grasses and even more muted hints of pear and apple.
On the palate: A soft, full, lush palate comes on more aggressively than the nose would ever suggest. The sweet, clean fruit fills your mouth, bringing sweet, slick chardonnay to the back of your palate. The viscosity reminds of butterscotch, but the flavors are clean and true to the grape alone.
And the finish:Settles without notable acids along the fringes of your mouth and into your cheeks, leaving a clean wash, ready for the next sip.
In summary: Just tips the three star mark on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. This becomes a best value by virtue of its attractive price.
Cameron Hughes Wine wins multiple medals at the 2010 San Antonio Wine Competition, including a Gold for the Lot 140 Chalk Hill Cabernet.
- Lot Lot 140 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
- Lot 125 Napa Carneros Pinot Noir
- Lot 135 Central Coast Syrah
- Lot 139 Alexander Valley Meritage
- Lot 144 Los Carneros Syrah
- Lot 145 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
San Diego International Wine Competition
Cameron Hughes Medal Winners
Platinum 2008 Chardonnay, Lot 159 Santa Barbara
Gold 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 116 Napa Valley
Gold 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 164 Rutherford
Silver 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 136 Napa Valley
Silver 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 138 Santa Barbara
Silver 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 149 Napa Valley
Silver 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 157 Yountville
Silver 2007 Zinfandel, Lot 114 Sonoma County
Silver 2008 Zinfandel, Lot 163 Lodi
Silver 2007 Chardonnay, Lot 130 Russian River Valley
Silver 2008 Chardonnay, Lot 145 Santa Barbara
90 Points! I've tasted several Cameron Hughes wines, and I've not been disappointed. This 2008 Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County is a pleaser and one I'd consider a daily drinker. I cannot stress to you enough what a bargain this wine is at around $12 per bottle. I am genuinely impressed with everything from Cameron Hughes so far!
I was not a big fan of Chards. Lot 145 not only made Chard my most often purchased white, it introduced me to Santa Barbara Chard. I've tried many SB Chards since, and the region has the style I like the most. No more Napa, Sonoma or Australia for me.
I wish CHWine would stock up on some more SB Chards - it's been a while since we've seen any. I'll definitely stock up when they do.