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Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Sonoma County Lot 114 2006

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Deep dark, black purple rim reveals a youthful nose of blackberries, cassis hints of eucalyptus/bell pepper and that classic Rutherford dust (ahhh, the smell of Rutherford). Deeply structured on the palate and, again, very youthful. You will want to decant this wine for sure.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Mt. Veeder

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Color: Red
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

Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Sonoma County Lot 114

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,911
4.50 5
11/12/2008

What a lovely nose, really speaking of cool climate California Cabernet with lovely nuanced notes of mint, grapevine, soil and toast accentuating the blueberry tinged cassis fruit. The nutty oak tones gain and fade and are replaced with gentle mineral and bay leaf tones but all in fine balance to the cool crushed cassis fruit. In the mouth this starts off precise and tight, if perhaps a bit youthfully disjointed but with time to breath this gathers itself admirably and offers text-book Oak Knoll character with bright red and black currant fruit that has just the slightest jammy edge, mouth cleansing tannins and acidity that offers excellent lift on the backend leading to the gently earth and spice toned finish. This offers excellent ripeness and a fine silky mouthfeel after several hours in the decanter. Really very fine stuff with a decade or more of positive development ahead of it. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,911
5.00 5
12/08/2009

Dark and earthy straight out of the bottle with eucalyptus top notes and dark cherry fruit wrapped in a subtle shroud of integrated, tobacco tinged, oak spice. Bright and lean on entry with a bit of a hard feel initially. There is a core of cocoa and roast meat tinged red fruits here supported by bright acidity and small yet stiff tannins. This deserves a year or two in bottle to open up though several hours in the decanter works wonders now. The finish is precise and red fruited with lovely inner mouth perfume. This is a stylish and surprisingly elegant Diamond Mountain Cabernet. 91pts


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Snooth User: thewineattic
163357298
4.00 5
06/17/2009

You can still get this wine at Costco or on-line. A great buy at $11 bucks. It is a mid to full bodied blend of Cab, Merlot and a little Carmenere to make this that earthy finish. Great with grilled lamb. This wine is also smooth enough to drink by itself. Drink now or can be aged for 10 years. Buy a case to store.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
12/04/2009

Nice, smooth, and delicate smokiness and vanilla, with pear fruit. I found it very easy to drink a few glasses.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
3.50 5
02/25/2009

At first the fruit and cassis were really present on the nose, but they went into hiding for a while until the wine had sat in the glass for about 10 minutes. The wine was pretty tight and tannic, but it seems like this has some really good aging potential.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
04/28/2008

Tasted at the 2008 Wine 2.0 event at Crushpad: Very powerful inky dark wine. Strong nose of eucalytpus. Leather and cedar in the mouth. Not my style (SA Cabs generally arent). There's a lot here, but it needs a year of age.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
10/18/2008

Opens with a very fruity nose, nice but instantly worried me that its going to be overextracted. After some time in the glass this died down and it was very nice. Soft tannins, very silky, fruity, but not out of balance.

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  • Snooth User: jjknight38
    40356689
    4.00 5
    01/08/2009

    An astonishing young buck that really presents an excellent QVR. But you're not drinking Cameron just because of the value. This is a truly exceptional wine, maybe a bit soft for some but nice balance of acid and fruit. Honestly I had a hard time finding specific flavors, but if it tastes too much like one thing then that can be a mistake unworthy of balance.


    Snooth User: jjknight38
    40356689
    1.00 5
    04/09/2009

    Too much alcohol and tannin without any level of structure. It was hot right from start and just lingered as I searched for something positive from the finish. Nothing here but a nice lesson learned. Possibly the most disappointing CH to date.


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    Deep dark, black purple rim reveals a youthful nose of blackberries, cassis hints of eucalyptus/bell pepper and that classic Rutherford dust (ahhh, the smell of Rutherford). Deeply structured on the palate and, again, very youthful. You will want to decant this wine for sure.

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