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Lot 182 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Meritage 2005

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Notes: Dark scarlet center with a matching rim. Boisterous blackberry, cassis, and blueberry on the nose and through the palate. Spacious aromatics, rich mid-palate, and juicy finish complement a full body and moderate alcohol. Minerality, structure, and complexity are presented with the wine's maturity and cool-climate origin. Beautifully balanced and integrated, this wine has settled nicely over the past few years. Cameron Confidential: A $50 flagship wine with almost four years in the bottle. The winery is known for late releases, giving the wines plenty of time to unwind in the bottle, so this 2005 is drinking beautifully right now (we bought the wine in shiners where it has been aging since bottling in early 2007). The approachability of this wine now is really what makes it so attractive: Rarely can one buy wines of this quality that are truly blooming. Lot 182 2005 Atlas Peak Meritage is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot. Raised up in primarily volcanic soils and with a temperature and solar radiation profile different than the valley floor appellations of Rutherford and Stags Leap, this wine achieves an ethereal-ness, minerality, structure, and complexity you only find in the elevation sites in good vintages–and almost four years in the bottle to shed baby fat helps as well.

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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

Notes: Dark scarlet center with a matching rim. Boisterous blackberry, cassis, and blueberry on the nose and through the palate. Spacious aromatics, rich mid-palate, and juicy finish complement a full body and moderate alcohol. Minerality, structure, and complexity are presented with the wine's maturity and cool-climate origin. Beautifully balanced and integrated, this wine has settled nicely over the past few years. Cameron Confidential: A $50 flagship wine with almost four years in the bottle. The winery is known for late releases, giving the wines plenty of time to unwind in the bottle, so this 2005 is drinking beautifully right now (we bought the wine in shiners where it has been aging since bottling in early 2007). The approachability of this wine now is really what makes it so attractive: Rarely can one buy wines of this quality that are truly blooming. Lot 182 2005 Atlas Peak Meritage is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot. Raised up in primarily volcanic soils and with a temperature and solar radiation profile different than the valley floor appellations of Rutherford and Stags Leap, this wine achieves an ethereal-ness, minerality, structure, and complexity you only find in the elevation sites in good vintages–and almost four years in the bottle to shed baby fat helps as well.

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