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Lot 31 Sonoma Mountain Syrah 2005

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Notes: Huge wine, both on the nose and on the palate. Blackberry, cassis, and white pepper aromas. On the palate, plums, dusty earth, and mocha are wrapped in soft, well-integrated tannins. This is a deep wine, and as it opens up sweet fruits and black pepper notes emerge from the tannins. When I originally tasted this wine I thought it had much more new oak on it but, as it turns out, the entirety of the Syrah component was aged for 18 months in 3rd-fill barrels. It seems Syrah is very sensitive to new oak tannins, so a little goes a long way. Cameron Confidential: Those of you familiar with Lot 12, 2003 Sonoma Mountain Syrah, will want to get a hold of this. It's from the same vineyard and almost a dead ringer. The Mourvèdre brings a hint of plumminess and lively acidity. It may just be that you wonder what happened to the '04 vintage, so I'll tell you. We absolutely loved the wine, but the lab report came back with very low acidity which, while it could have been fixed, would probably have lowered overall quality nonetheless, something we didn't want to risk. The '05 is a welcome replacement, even though we got less of it than we would have liked. The owner seems to be doing well with his brand and is holding back more and more each year. Theirs retails for $30 a bottle; you get it for $12 in our online store. There are only 100 cases available online—and it'll go quickly! Pair this with some Osso Buco or grilled meats and finish with some dark chocolate.

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Color: Red
Blend: Syrah, Mourvèdre
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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: Huge wine, both on the nose and on the palate. Blackberry, cassis, and white pepper aromas. On the palate, plums, dusty earth, and mocha are wrapped in soft, well-integrated tannins. This is a deep wine, and as it opens up sweet fruits and black pepper notes emerge from the tannins. When I originally tasted this wine I thought it had much more new oak on it but, as it turns out, the entirety of the Syrah component was aged for 18 months in 3rd-fill barrels. It seems Syrah is very sensitive to new oak tannins, so a little goes a long way. Cameron Confidential: Those of you familiar with Lot 12, 2003 Sonoma Mountain Syrah, will want to get a hold of this. It's from the same vineyard and almost a dead ringer. The Mourvèdre brings a hint of plumminess and lively acidity. It may just be that you wonder what happened to the '04 vintage, so I'll tell you. We absolutely loved the wine, but the lab report came back with very low acidity which, while it could have been fixed, would probably have lowered overall quality nonetheless, something we didn't want to risk. The '05 is a welcome replacement, even though we got less of it than we would have liked. The owner seems to be doing well with his brand and is holding back more and more each year. Theirs retails for $30 a bottle; you get it for $12 in our online store. There are only 100 cases available online—and it'll go quickly! Pair this with some Osso Buco or grilled meats and finish with some dark chocolate.

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