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Cameron Hughes Syrah Lot 89 Sierra Foothills 2006

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Notes: Intense nose of perfectly ripe blueberry fruit with hints of caramel and a touch of black pepper. The profile is mirrored in the midpalate but watch as the wine changes in the glass and a deep plumminess emerges. The finish is long and intense with well integrated vanilla notes and spicy dark fruit. Overall, a big wine with outstanding depth, richness, and ripeness. The oak is perfectly integrated despite plenty of new wood - 2/3 French, 1/3 American oak. If you liked Lot 1 or Lot 6 Lodi Syrahs or the Sonoma Mountain Syrahs you'll love this wine. Cameron Confidential: I got a phone call last spring that the new owners of a particular mid-sized, super/ultra-premium winery with facilities around the state had decided to "rightsize" their wine portfolio. Having spent large dollar amounts on rapid growth what the business calls "spifs" and "the vig" (promotional dollars), a sharp auditor recommended that by simply cutting the production in half, you could get rid of the "spifs" and return the winery to profitability and a pathway to more organic growth. We were invited in to go hog-wild in the Lodi facility and, like a kid in a candy store, winemaker David came up no less than 5 different wines with new blends coming all the time. The winery we purchased these from is a unique operation preferring to make a variety of "component wines" from various vineyards and varietals and then blending upwards of 40 different wines per year from those components. There is not tank larger than 8,000 gallons in the winery to facilitate this sort of small Lot winemaking and the guy who assembles the final blends is truly a master making a range of wines from $250 a bottle Napa Cabs to $18 a bottle California red blends. Sister wines include our Lot 86 Lodi Zin and Lot 90 Lodi Tannat - also exceptional values. The blend for this wine is our own barrel selection and is our own signature blend.

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Varietal: Syrah
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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: Adam Levin
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3.50 5
04/13/2009

Very drinkable. Good tannins that give balance to the fruit. The finish is what holds this wine back as it's a little woody. Good value, though.



Notes: Intense nose of perfectly ripe blueberry fruit with hints of caramel and a touch of black pepper. The profile is mirrored in the midpalate but watch as the wine changes in the glass and a deep plumminess emerges. The finish is long and intense with well integrated vanilla notes and spicy dark fruit. Overall, a big wine with outstanding depth, richness, and ripeness. The oak is perfectly integrated despite plenty of new wood - 2/3 French, 1/3 American oak. If you liked Lot 1 or Lot 6 Lodi Syrahs or the Sonoma Mountain Syrahs you'll love this wine. Cameron Confidential: I got a phone call last spring that the new owners of a particular mid-sized, super/ultra-premium winery with facilities around the state had decided to "rightsize" their wine portfolio. Having spent large dollar amounts on rapid growth what the business calls "spifs" and "the vig" (promotional dollars), a sharp auditor recommended that by simply cutting the production in half, you could get rid of the "spifs" and return the winery to profitability and a pathway to more organic growth. We were invited in to go hog-wild in the Lodi facility and, like a kid in a candy store, winemaker David came up no less than 5 different wines with new blends coming all the time. The winery we purchased these from is a unique operation preferring to make a variety of "component wines" from various vineyards and varietals and then blending upwards of 40 different wines per year from those components. There is not tank larger than 8,000 gallons in the winery to facilitate this sort of small Lot winemaking and the guy who assembles the final blends is truly a master making a range of wines from $250 a bottle Napa Cabs to $18 a bottle California red blends. Sister wines include our Lot 86 Lodi Zin and Lot 90 Lodi Tannat - also exceptional values. The blend for this wine is our own barrel selection and is our own signature blend.

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