Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir Carneros Lot 125 2007
Notes: First of all, decant this wine. It doesn't take long but a good half hour to an hour really gets this wine going as it is a little tight out of the bottle - which is to be expected with reserve quality fruit like this. Initially tight, the nose opens after a few minutes in the glass to reveal rich aromas of strawberry, raspberry and a certain "smoky cola" character that turns into nutmeg and clove as the wine reveals itself. The palate is bursting with strawberry jam and red cherry but is well balanced against a framework nice acidity and rich vanilla oak. A blend of Pommard (richer fruits and spices like strawberry jam, clove, and plum) and Swan (racier, brighter fruit like cherry and raspberry) clones this wine has excellent complexity and will continue to flesh out in the bottle over the next decade. The grapes were picked late at night and hand sorted before a gentle destemming and 8+ day cold soak Aged in oak for 8 months 40% new French cooperage (Remond, Demptos, Francois Freres), the rest all 1 to 3 year old barrels. Cameron Confidential: Last summer we were invited to visit one of the facilities in a recently formed marketing group for several wineries in the Napa/Sonoma area. There we were shown about 10 wines and suffice it to say we bought everything they put in front of us, ranging from Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Atlas Peak Cabernet to Alexander Valley Meritage. EVERYTHING we bought were finished bottling blend, simply excess wines above and beyond where they saw their sales projections and all ready to go right into the bottle. Go into the bottle they did.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir Carneros Lot 125
While this shows a bit of wood on the nose it’s buffered by stemmy, earthy tones in a lightly aromatic package. There’s also a touch a vanilla from the oak influence but plenty of burnish cherry fruit gently fills the glass. On the palate there is a just a touch of baby fat still but the wine remains light, bright and elegant with more of the earth and savory notes that are found on the nose and a long finish that with a rhubarb tone and a touch of spice and ash. 90pts
Classic nose of cola, coriander, baked red berries, and mocha, spice, oak spice. Citrussy up front with a rich yet transparent feel this offers up very nice sappy and wild red berry fruit tones in a style that is a little hard and taut, in a good way and finishes with a refreshing, transparent, slightly jammy raspberry tone. Still youthful this could use another year in bottle to soften but I like it now for it’s strict mouthfeel and fine balance 91pts
cola and cherries on the nose with some spice, nutmeg and cinnamon, more spicy in taste with raspberry and cranberry notes, still needs some time but enjoyable
Grainy cherries on the nose. At first, extremely lean and quiet in the mouth but after a second or two, flares up with spice and notes of tea and autumn. Slightly bitter on the finish.
When it breathes for thirty minutes this wine is outstanding!!! Had one glass left and enjoyed it even better the next night Z. Hutton
External Reviews for Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir Carneros Lot 125
First of all, decant this wine. It doesn't take long, but a good half hour to an hour really gets this wine going as it is a little tight out of the bottle-which is to be expected with reserve-quality fruit like this. Initially tight, the nose opens after a few minutes in the glass to reveal rich aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and a certain 'smoky cola' character that turns into nutmeg and clove as the wine reveals itself. The palate is bursting with strawberry jam and red cherry but is well balanced against a framework of nice acidity and rich vanilla oak. A blend of Pommard (richer fruits and spices like strawberry jam, clove, and plum) and Swan (racier, brighter fruit like cherry and raspberry) clones gives this wine excellent complexity. It will continue to flesh out in the bottle over the next decade.The grapes were picked late at night and hand-sorted before a gentle de-stemming and 8+ days of cold soak before being aged in oak for 8 months, using 40% new French cooperage (Remond, Demptos, Francois Freres), the rest all 1- to 3-year-old barrels.
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