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Cameron Hughes 2005

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Notes: Creme de Cassis, ripe plums and blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the midpalate. Super fine tannins round out this beautifully balanced wine. The oak is well integrated, framing the fruit flavors and not overpowering the blend. Fantastic round mouthfeel lets you know why cabernet franc is the go to blender for Napa Valley Cabernet Cameron Confidential: "Got it from a guy who got it from a guy." I have a contact who just does a great job sourcing really high-end wine. He has done many wines for us in the past and always with stellar results - the wine I taste is always the wine I get. This wine hails from the eastern edges of Napa County so it does not officially fall into the Napa Valley appellation. No bother. This wine is cabernet franc at its best - beautifully oaked with fantastic mouthfeel. In fact, one of the greatest things about cabernet franc is its ability to carry new oak beautifully. Now, I am not sure of who actually made this wine (my contact always maintains secrecy to protect his interests) but I am certain that at least 50% of this wine was made in new French oak and really nice French oak at that. If you didn't know, there is a tremendous difference in barrels and the effect they have on the wine, not just between French, American, Hungarian or Portuguese oak but even within the forests of each country. For an example, compare Lot 128 and 129 from Campo de Borja in Spain. Same wine aged in barrels of different French oak barrel makers produce startlingly different wines. I my self was amazed to find they were the same wine.

Region: USA » California » Lake County

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Cameron Hughes Wine:
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. Our focus is on buying at the high-end, small available 'Lots' of super premium wine. Because not all wine at the high-end is bottled, we rescue those... Read more
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. Our focus is on buying at the high-end, small available 'Lots' of super premium wine. Because not all wine at the high-end is bottled, we rescue those 'Lots' do some stylistic blending and get it to you at a great price. Our company produces and markets wine under Cameron Hughes Lot Series, Flying Winemaker, Hughes-Wellman, RockRidge, and Evergreen. We do not own vineyards or ferment wine. Our business model is built around what we call in the industry the “spot” market for super/ultra premium bulk wines. We use our own palates as guides to deliver delicious, super premium wine that is easily accessible price and style-wise. Read less

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Snooth User: thewineattic
163357298
3.50 5
09/19/2009

For $6.22/bottle, Sam's Club bought the entire Lot. You can buy it even if you don't have a Sam's card. Go to membership services and you can buy only alcohol at Sam's without a membership. It is tasting so good. Surely not at $6-buck wine. This wine is delicious now. I can't believe the quality for so little the price. Nice big fruit, cherry, spice, soft finish. Great with ahi tuna, pizza, anything. Medium body, nice round finish. More fruit and spice shows the longer you linger over your meal. This wine is a 99-point wine in the 6- buck range. Go buy a case because it won't be around very long. Not at that price.


Snooth User: zombron
33302031
3.50 5
12/21/2009

Very nice everyday wine, and an excellent value.


Snooth User: flzuni
3036034
5.00 5
11/17/2009

I love it! It really is a great wine. I especially like the price but I would pay much more for it.


3.00 5
01/25/2010

For $6.00 are you kidding? This tastes in the $12-15 range (not epic tastet, but certainly not that wine with that kangaroo leaping!). I bought a half a case and should have bought more!!!


Snooth User: bgthom01
26447262
3.00 5
11/01/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Cameron Hughes

External Review
09/23/2011

"This beautifully hued wine leaps out of glass with aromas of chocolate/mocha



Notes: Creme de Cassis, ripe plums and blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the midpalate. Super fine tannins round out this beautifully balanced wine. The oak is well integrated, framing the fruit flavors and not overpowering the blend. Fantastic round mouthfeel lets you know why cabernet franc is the go to blender for Napa Valley Cabernet Cameron Confidential: "Got it from a guy who got it from a guy." I have a contact who just does a great job sourcing really high-end wine. He has done many wines for us in the past and always with stellar results - the wine I taste is always the wine I get. This wine hails from the eastern edges of Napa County so it does not officially fall into the Napa Valley appellation. No bother. This wine is cabernet franc at its best - beautifully oaked with fantastic mouthfeel. In fact, one of the greatest things about cabernet franc is its ability to carry new oak beautifully. Now, I am not sure of who actually made this wine (my contact always maintains secrecy to protect his interests) but I am certain that at least 50% of this wine was made in new French oak and really nice French oak at that. If you didn't know, there is a tremendous difference in barrels and the effect they have on the wine, not just between French, American, Hungarian or Portuguese oak but even within the forests of each country. For an example, compare Lot 128 and 129 from Campo de Borja in Spain. Same wine aged in barrels of different French oak barrel makers produce startlingly different wines. I my self was amazed to find they were the same wine.

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