Cameron Hughes Lot 99 2004
Taste: This Cabernet Franc presents a pretty, oaky vanilla nose with underlying fruit and elegant rose petals. There is not a hint of green in this wine as is often found in Cabernet Franc. The fruit is all black and blue with cassis and blackberry. The tannins are firm but soft which create a wine that is approachable now but will best express itself when paired with food. Try pairing with roast beef, steak, hamburgers or ribs. Cameron Confidential: This wine was the red-headed stepchild of a larger deal with a huge multi-national wine company. Clearly they had no idea what to do with 30 barrels of top quality cabernet franc – way past the market in terms of vintage and unsaleable from a marketing perspective – how many Lake County Cab Francs do you see flying off the shelf? Yep. None. That’s where CHWine comes in – savior to outcasts, lover of red-headed step-children and killer deals – we drove an embarrassingly hard bargain enabling us to sell this beauty for $10. If you like big, rich, oaky reds and killer QPR look no further.
Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Lot 99
Big and sweet with a fair dollop of underlying sweet toasty oak adding depth to the warm, sweet and spicy cherry pie and spiced plum fruits with a touch of sweet licorice.and just a whisper of herbaciousness lilting out of the glass. Soft and chocolaty in the mouth with some wood tannin right up front. Spicy wood and black earth tones meld on the palate which has jammy flavors but a fresh, balanced feel. Finish is a bit short and with a bit of alcohol, vanilla and drying wood tannin. 86pts
Brutal blackberry and alcohol come out with guns blazing, and sugar's riding shotgun. Pretty great for $10 actually.
Aroma is oaky with a lot of smooth vanilla and is pretty hot. Palate is quite silky smooth with deep black fruit flavors and powdered sugar. It tastes almost artificial but is easy drinking.
Very interesting and enjoyable. Strong tanins immediately remind me of an approachable pinot noir but the flavor evolves into something more complex. Tastes a lot more expensive than it is.
Light dusty nose. Violets. Light, even for a cab franc, but beautifully aged. Drying tannins on the finish. Very nice, well balanced, and the best Cameron Hughes wine I've ever tried (and ive had 10+)
Beautiful nose of lilac and earthy berries. Very dusty and dry but well balanced with a sweet finish. Very good for the price.
Beautiful nose, rich and warm. Very, very strong tannins, a bit bitter and hard to drink alone, better paired with food.
Three and a half glasses