Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill Lot 140 2007
Notes: A deep garnet hue in the glass, this wine greets you with aromas of raspberry, bing cherries, and roasted herbs, accompanied by delicate undertones of anise and hints of mint. With a vibrant mouthfeel and substantial tannins, the palate enjoys cocoa and cherry, with a distinct coffee finish. Nicely balanced, with good acidity and well-integrated oak, this big wine reveals itself immediately in the glass. The mid-palate is fruit-driven and lush, leading toward a more structured, textural finish, indicative of the age worthiness of this Cabernet. Decant for an hour or pop a bottle or two in your cellar, as this bold Cabernet will continue to evolve over the next 10 to 12 years. Cameron Confidential: This Chalk Hill gem is sourced from the same vineyard as Lot 73, which scored a 90-point rating and "Editor's Choice" designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. We expect an equal or better rating with this vintage. Volcanic soil composition presides in the area and is made obvious by this wine's smokey earthiness. Spanning over 500 acres, several hundred of which are planted with grapes, this vineyard is composed of hillsides with little nooks and crannies that create a variety of microclimates. From a $60 bottle program, this Cabernet genuinely displays what we're known for: great wine with great value.
Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill Lot 140
Nice, very fine, layered and precise with a focused core of tobacco, vanilla, older wood, black spice, licorice_, and black fruit with a fresh, estery, melon rind note, this smells promising and youthful. Fresh, crisp, very transparent, exciting, lovely flush of tannins, clean black currant fruit, a bit coiled, with a cool, reserved texture, veery fine, lovely purity to the fruit in a middle weight package. A touch of vanilla on the finish, this is really well framed with excellent balance and cut. 92pts
Lot 140 cab from Chalk Hill about $15 bucks at Costco. Another steal from Cameron. Nice fruit and balanced tannins. The 07 can be laid down for at least a couple of years. Buy a case because this wine will really shine with some aging. And, at this price, you will be storing some great wine for future special occasions.