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Lot 47 Diamond Mountain Cabernet 2005

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Notes: Deep, dark, and intense purple color. Brooding nose of tight fruit opens slowly to show pretty French oak, toasty mocha, and high-toned blueberry fruit. Opulent mid-palate showcases toasty oak and a symphony of classic Napa currant and cassis flavors. Succulent, juicy, ripe, and gorgeous with outstanding depth, this wine has a 30-second finish that will continue to flesh out as she ages. This elegant wine can be enjoyed now (versus her sister wine, Lot 33 Spring Mountain Cabernet, which is still very tight) with a great big steak or will age gracefully for another 10 to 15 years. Combination of 75% new and 25% one-year-old French oak. Cameron Confidential: This is another "wow" wine from the mountain districts of Napa Valley. The Diamond Mountain appellation has less than 500 acres under vineyard, so the wines tend to be expensive (I can't find a bottle under $50 except for one at $30 that calls itself the "bargain" wine of Diamond Mountain) but exceptionally well-made. There are only about 15 wineries up here, and this wine comes to us from a small one with two small vineyards that are located on the edge of an old volcano. This is a blend my winemaker put together with components from each of their single-vineyard designate programs that sell between $50 and $75. One of the great things about this wine is that it is singing in the bottle just a month after bottling and is much more open and accessible than the Lot 33 Spring Mountain Cabernet which, while a monumental wine, is tighter than a frog’s tookus. That said, it still has only 2 to 3 months in the bottle, and additional time will flesh it out considerably. I do recommend at least an hour of decanting in the near term. Again, the patient will be rewarded.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Diamond Mountain

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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 '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: Deep, dark, and intense purple color. Brooding nose of tight fruit opens slowly to show pretty French oak, toasty mocha, and high-toned blueberry fruit. Opulent mid-palate showcases toasty oak and a symphony of classic Napa currant and cassis flavors. Succulent, juicy, ripe, and gorgeous with outstanding depth, this wine has a 30-second finish that will continue to flesh out as she ages. This elegant wine can be enjoyed now (versus her sister wine, Lot 33 Spring Mountain Cabernet, which is still very tight) with a great big steak or will age gracefully for another 10 to 15 years. Combination of 75% new and 25% one-year-old French oak. Cameron Confidential: This is another "wow" wine from the mountain districts of Napa Valley. The Diamond Mountain appellation has less than 500 acres under vineyard, so the wines tend to be expensive (I can't find a bottle under $50 except for one at $30 that calls itself the "bargain" wine of Diamond Mountain) but exceptionally well-made. There are only about 15 wineries up here, and this wine comes to us from a small one with two small vineyards that are located on the edge of an old volcano. This is a blend my winemaker put together with components from each of their single-vineyard designate programs that sell between $50 and $75. One of the great things about this wine is that it is singing in the bottle just a month after bottling and is much more open and accessible than the Lot 33 Spring Mountain Cabernet which, while a monumental wine, is tighter than a frog’s tookus. That said, it still has only 2 to 3 months in the bottle, and additional time will flesh it out considerably. I do recommend at least an hour of decanting in the near term. Again, the patient will be rewarded.

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