A pair of new wines — both dirt cheap — from the recently revived Cameron Hughes are here. Let’s taste.
2017 Cameron Hughes Lot 631 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Bold mango up front, then a somewhat sweet marshmallow character as the palate grabs hold. Lightly floral throughout, it’s a fairly classic expression of pinot gris, though a bit sweet on the back end for my tastes. B+ / $12
2017 Cameron Hughes Lot 639 Rose Arroyo Seco Monterey County – A rose made from Valdiguié, which I had not heard of before today. (It’s often known as Napa Gamay in California.) The pictures of strawberries sent to us by Cameron Hughes are no joke; there’s an embarrassment of these berries here, with a spray of fresh florals on top of it all. Definitely designed as an aperitif — or for your average rose-soaked bachelorette party. B / $13