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Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Lot 33 2005

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Notes: Tight nose at this juncture (tasted 7/11/07) with aromas of forest floor, spicy cloves, and black cherry fruit with hints of coffee and cola. Day two (corked overnight 3/4 bottle): Opens up nicely to show black cherry fruit on the nose with strong coffee/mocha underpinning the fruit. On the palate she's extremely broad and deep, showing that same black cherry flavor upfront and finishing long. Monumentally structured with perfect acid-to-tannin ratio, this wine is surprisingly approachable right now but shows a silky tannin structure indicating the patient will be rewarded. This hillside-grown wine needs lots of time as it is only now beginning to show itself. Cameron Confidential: This wine is a single-vineyard designate hailing from a 1,700-foot-elevation vineyard on Spring Mountain. The wine is aged 18 months in 100% French oak (50% new, 50% one year old). The producer of this wine sells his vineyard designate for more than $50 a bottle, but due to some cash-flow issues sold off about a 1/3 of his 2005 harvest, which was big to begin with. We bottled this in early April but still find the wine fairly tight despite sitting overnight in the bottle. Decanting will help only a little at this stage though this wine should have more to say and reveal a lot more about itself come the holidays. Even then, this is the most age-worthy wine we have ever bottled and is certain to reward those of us with the patience to cellar this baby. Compare at $50 to $75.

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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: drdebs
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0.00 5
07/01/2007

This wine has bottle shock. It needs time to develop and calm down. Taste again in 4-6 months. Showing enormous promise and long-term aging potential.



Notes: Tight nose at this juncture (tasted 7/11/07) with aromas of forest floor, spicy cloves, and black cherry fruit with hints of coffee and cola. Day two (corked overnight 3/4 bottle): Opens up nicely to show black cherry fruit on the nose with strong coffee/mocha underpinning the fruit. On the palate she's extremely broad and deep, showing that same black cherry flavor upfront and finishing long. Monumentally structured with perfect acid-to-tannin ratio, this wine is surprisingly approachable right now but shows a silky tannin structure indicating the patient will be rewarded. This hillside-grown wine needs lots of time as it is only now beginning to show itself. Cameron Confidential: This wine is a single-vineyard designate hailing from a 1,700-foot-elevation vineyard on Spring Mountain. The wine is aged 18 months in 100% French oak (50% new, 50% one year old). The producer of this wine sells his vineyard designate for more than $50 a bottle, but due to some cash-flow issues sold off about a 1/3 of his 2005 harvest, which was big to begin with. We bottled this in early April but still find the wine fairly tight despite sitting overnight in the bottle. Decanting will help only a little at this stage though this wine should have more to say and reveal a lot more about itself come the holidays. Even then, this is the most age-worthy wine we have ever bottled and is certain to reward those of us with the patience to cellar this baby. Compare at $50 to $75.

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