Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cameron Hughes Lot 324 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2010

This wine has a beautiful bright gold appearance and captivating scents of Spring flowers, white peaches and limey French oak. The aromas are delicate and appealing. On the palate, though, the wine loses some of its prettiness. Lemon-tinged fruit. Firm on mid-palate but nothing that brings me back for more. For my taste, the wine would benefit from more acidity. It may be that the oak is taking over from the fruit at this stage of the wine's maturity.

Atlas Peak is a special appellation in Napa Valley that generally draws a much higher price than the $12 I paid at World Market. Cameron Hughes apparently purchased some juice or ready made wine that either didn't meet the producer's expectations or did not sell as expected.

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