Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Sonoma County Lot 114 2007
Notes: Dark red color reveals aromas of crushed raspberries, plums, cranberries and hints of black pepper and vanilla spice. The wine is well-balanced with a nice wooly tannin structure and good overall structure. Jammy and dense on the palate plenty of raspberry fruit, deep plum notes and hints of dark chocolate as the wine opens up. Not a bad call to decant this wine for a half hour/hour at this young hour in its life. Cameron Confidential: This wine is two lots from a producer known for some of the oldest vines in Alexander Valley and sourced form their $25-40 a bottle programs. This wine is sourced from 50-90 year old vines and aged in French oak for 12 months. Like a lot of folks, they have assessed their coming needs and decided to cut back on bottled inventories. The winery is one of the oldest in Sonoma County along with the family that runs it, having landed in Alexander Valley pre-1900. The great-grandfather of the winemaker planted much of the vineyards where these wines are sourced from. All ESTATE fruit.
Editorial Reviews for Cameron Hughes Zinfandel Sonoma County Lot 114
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
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
Lot 114 comes in at 13.5% Alc - not over the top fruit bomb which I am over it. I like a traditional Zin like this one from Sonoma. Has some nice fruit, mellow, but still a medium plus body. I like the finish - not overpowering the food. I had this one with ahi tuna sushi roll with (very) spicey hot sauce. It was really good together. Retails at Safeway for $21.99 but is on sale for $9.98.
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.
Nice, smooth, and delicate smokiness and vanilla, with pear fruit. I found it very easy to drink a few glasses.
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.
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.