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Lot 43 Dry Creek Zinfandel 2005

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Notes: This is classically styled Dry Creek Zinfandel that's probably even more elegant given the long, cool growing season of 2005. The nose smacks of boysenberry, raspberry, and plum and is underpinned with black pepper notes that will become more forward as the Zzin and Syrah continue to meld in the bottle. The palate is fleshy and ripe and full-bodied, showing raspberry fruit and vanilla oak. The finish is lush and lingering. Cameron Confidential: Several wines are seamlessly woven together for this wine: three Zins, one Syrah, and one Petite Sirah. All come from $20+ producers. The 2005 harvest was not only one of the largest in history for CA, but it was also one of the longest. Zin grapes didn't come in until the end of October and into November, and a more elegant style became the hallmark of the vintage. Quite frankly, a lot of folks fell short as needed heat spikes failed to materialize. That's where our flexible buying model allows us to excel. Rather than try to work with only the fruit and wines that we have, Cameron Hughes Wine is able to bring component wines from multiple sources together to achieve a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The combination of raspberry fruit and black pepper from the Zin blend melds beautifully with the ripe fruit and American oak-influenced Syrah. Petite Sirah muscles up the blend further and provides length and tannin. As of August 2007, when I last tasted this wine, it had just emerged from bottle shock and was pretty much ready to go. By the time this stuff hits the street in about a month it should be singin'.

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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: This is classically styled Dry Creek Zinfandel that's probably even more elegant given the long, cool growing season of 2005. The nose smacks of boysenberry, raspberry, and plum and is underpinned with black pepper notes that will become more forward as the Zzin and Syrah continue to meld in the bottle. The palate is fleshy and ripe and full-bodied, showing raspberry fruit and vanilla oak. The finish is lush and lingering. Cameron Confidential: Several wines are seamlessly woven together for this wine: three Zins, one Syrah, and one Petite Sirah. All come from $20+ producers. The 2005 harvest was not only one of the largest in history for CA, but it was also one of the longest. Zin grapes didn't come in until the end of October and into November, and a more elegant style became the hallmark of the vintage. Quite frankly, a lot of folks fell short as needed heat spikes failed to materialize. That's where our flexible buying model allows us to excel. Rather than try to work with only the fruit and wines that we have, Cameron Hughes Wine is able to bring component wines from multiple sources together to achieve a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The combination of raspberry fruit and black pepper from the Zin blend melds beautifully with the ripe fruit and American oak-influenced Syrah. Petite Sirah muscles up the blend further and provides length and tannin. As of August 2007, when I last tasted this wine, it had just emerged from bottle shock and was pretty much ready to go. By the time this stuff hits the street in about a month it should be singin'.

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