Lot 23 Napa Meritage Sonoma 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes: This seductive Meritage greets you with aromas of rose petals followed by cassis, plum and blackberry, and gorgeous, toasty French oak. Kitchen box spices of cloves and nutmeg start off on the palate, with a hint of anise unfolding into a velvety, textured medley of wild boysenberries and smoky notes. Wrapped up with silky tannins that are accompanied by incredible harmony and elegance, this a soft-yet-complex and opulent wine. Cameron Confidential: For those of you who don't know, the word Meritage is a made-up word combining "Merit" and "Heritage," and the last syllable is pronounced as you would say Heritage. The name won a contest (the brainchild of wine writer Dan Berger) to come up with a suitable marketing name for a category of wines also known as Bordeaux blends or claret. The Meritage name allows wineries to blend to suit their tastes and not have to fulfill the arbitrary 75% varietal obligation; otherwise the wines could only be designated as "red table wine," a certain doom. We scored this from a high-end Carneros producer, already bottled but with no label and a generic cork (known in the wine business as a "shiner," or "cleanskin" as the Aussies call them). Like the Lot 25 sparkling wine producer, this operation is re-evaluating its still wine portfolio and discontinuing items difficult to market through traditional retail channels. Meritage wines still have yet to break into the broad consumer consciousness, even though they are usually the most expensive bottle of wine a winery may offer. I busted this puppy out at a recent industry tasting and jaws were dropping and eyes poppin' when I told them it was a $12 bottle. It's been 24 months in brand-new French oak and was originally selling as a $35-a-bottle "Reserve" designate.

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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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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Notes: This seductive Meritage greets you with aromas of rose petals followed by cassis, plum and blackberry, and gorgeous, toasty French oak. Kitchen box spices of cloves and nutmeg start off on the palate, with a hint of anise unfolding into a velvety, textured medley of wild boysenberries and smoky notes. Wrapped up with silky tannins that are accompanied by incredible harmony and elegance, this a soft-yet-complex and opulent wine. Cameron Confidential: For those of you who don't know, the word Meritage is a made-up word combining "Merit" and "Heritage," and the last syllable is pronounced as you would say Heritage. The name won a contest (the brainchild of wine writer Dan Berger) to come up with a suitable marketing name for a category of wines also known as Bordeaux blends or claret. The Meritage name allows wineries to blend to suit their tastes and not have to fulfill the arbitrary 75% varietal obligation; otherwise the wines could only be designated as "red table wine," a certain doom. We scored this from a high-end Carneros producer, already bottled but with no label and a generic cork (known in the wine business as a "shiner," or "cleanskin" as the Aussies call them). Like the Lot 25 sparkling wine producer, this operation is re-evaluating its still wine portfolio and discontinuing items difficult to market through traditional retail channels. Meritage wines still have yet to break into the broad consumer consciousness, even though they are usually the most expensive bottle of wine a winery may offer. I busted this puppy out at a recent industry tasting and jaws were dropping and eyes poppin' when I told them it was a $12 bottle. It's been 24 months in brand-new French oak and was originally selling as a $35-a-bottle "Reserve" designate.

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