Review: Wines of Cameron Hughes, Late 2019 Releases
Four new wines from Cameron Hughes, the recently relaunched American negociant.
2017 Cameron Hughes Lot 689 Chardonnay Sonoma Valley – Standard issue California chardonnay, heavy on oak and butter, but laced with a solid amount of fruit — lemon, apricot, and white peach — with hints of coconut on the back end. Perfectly acceptable. B+ / $15
2018 Cameron Hughes Lot 654 Albarino Rias Baixas – Lemony and tropical, bright with pineapple and edged with coconut. It’s straightforward and a bit sweet, though there’s enough acidity on the back end to dial things back, as light florals develop. A- / $15
2018 Cameron Hughes Lot 673 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – A solid expression of NorCal pinot noir, this is a ripe and fruity wine filled with notes of cherry and fresh strawberry, almost bursting with its lightly tart sweetness and acidity. Touches of vanilla on the finish. Incredibly drinkable and universally approachable. A- / $18
2017 Cameron Hughes Lot 683 Zinfandel Sierra Foothills – Rich and unctuous, this heavily raisined, cocoa-laced wine is dripping with sweetness, an overwhelming Port character ultimately dominating the experience. Generally too overripe. B- / $12