Hey, remember Cameron Hughes? This wine negociant made a huge splash in the early years of the century, releasing sourced wines denoted only by bin number, made possible by the huge glut of higher-end wine available in the U.S. And then things went south, because all that excess wine essentially dried up. By 2015, Cameron Hughes was essentially bankrupt and went into receivership.
The company got a new lease on life in 2017 when it was acquired in bankruptcy court by Vintage Wine Estates — and like that, Cameron Hughes is suddenly back. Here’s one of its first releases as part of VWE: A chardonnay sourced from Oregon’s Rogue Valley.
Let’s try it out.
This is a wholly approachable chardonnay, showing ample notes of both apple and vanilla, giving it a bit of an apple pie character. Modest acidity helps to break up any overbearing sweetness — which hints at lychee and mango — with a lightly grassy, vaguely floral note. Solid stuff. Great price.