Cameron Hughes Zinfandel 2006
Notes: Brick-red wine around the rim with a dark core. Soaring nose of tobacco leaf, cigar smoke, raspberries, plums, and chocolate is just about perfectly reflected in the palate—what you smell is what you taste. The alcohol is mid-weight for a Zin at 14.7%, but the overall build of the wine is substantial with great acidity and a long finish of sweet cigar smoke and tobacco leaf mixed with spicy red fruits. There is definitely some old-world elegance to this wine! Cameron Confidential: The winery that sold these wines to us put Amador County Zinfandel on the map with its single vineyard designates and famous old vine Zins. Times have been tough on the $25-and-over category, so these inventory reductions are not at all related to quality—quite the opposite, these folks would love to take these wines to market but simply don't see market being there. The wine is a blend of two different lots from two very famous, very old vineyards in Amador County, and they are the best of seven lots the winery released. The vines range in age greatly as the vineyards are slowly being replanted as old vines die off. Some are well over 140 years of age; all have been head-pruned since inception.
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Lodi is to Zinfandel what Napa is to Cabernet. Lodi zins are big, powerful wines with great depth and complexity. This wine comes from vineyards with not just old vines but ancient vines, some 100 years old. The vines are low yield but provide fruit of excellent quality. There is dark fruit on the nose and a beautiful, intense dark-berry flavor on the palate. This wine has all the depth and complexity you'd expect. It is produced for us by one of California's most respected winemakers.
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