Lot 48 Napa Valley Meritage 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes: Lot 48 Meritage is an expression of what is best in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Each varietal's contribution weaves a tapestry of flavors centered on a concentrated core of currant, black cherry, blackberry, and sweet cigar smoke. The wine is opulent in the mouth, finishing within a framework of toasty French oak, dark chocolate, and freshly roasted coffee. The tannins are well integrated, and the wine will grow more succulent with each minute in the glass. Cameron Confidential: Much of what we have released of the 2005 vintage are wines that have shown themselves to need a bit of time in the bottle. Finally, we have one that drinks juicy, ripe, and plump right out of the gate. If you liked Lot 23, you'll love Lot 48. This marriage of Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec is sourced from a variety of producers, with much of the wine coming from Rutherford District producers in Napa Valley. We got some smokin' pricing primarily because of the Merlot, which, due to the "Sideways Movie" effect, is very oversupplied right now. So, some dynamite juice is available to us at, let's say, rather advantageous prices. Of course, we pass the savings to you (otherwise this wine would be an extra couple of bucks a bottle). The main component for this blend comes from a mid-sized winery in Napa that specializes in Merlot and makes really beautiful stuff with all the fixin's, pretty French oak, and juicy fruit. The remaining components are each sourced from different high-end producers and could easily stand on their own. Put 'em together and you have one of our best releases all year.

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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: Lot 48 Meritage is an expression of what is best in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Each varietal's contribution weaves a tapestry of flavors centered on a concentrated core of currant, black cherry, blackberry, and sweet cigar smoke. The wine is opulent in the mouth, finishing within a framework of toasty French oak, dark chocolate, and freshly roasted coffee. The tannins are well integrated, and the wine will grow more succulent with each minute in the glass. Cameron Confidential: Much of what we have released of the 2005 vintage are wines that have shown themselves to need a bit of time in the bottle. Finally, we have one that drinks juicy, ripe, and plump right out of the gate. If you liked Lot 23, you'll love Lot 48. This marriage of Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec is sourced from a variety of producers, with much of the wine coming from Rutherford District producers in Napa Valley. We got some smokin' pricing primarily because of the Merlot, which, due to the "Sideways Movie" effect, is very oversupplied right now. So, some dynamite juice is available to us at, let's say, rather advantageous prices. Of course, we pass the savings to you (otherwise this wine would be an extra couple of bucks a bottle). The main component for this blend comes from a mid-sized winery in Napa that specializes in Merlot and makes really beautiful stuff with all the fixin's, pretty French oak, and juicy fruit. The remaining components are each sourced from different high-end producers and could easily stand on their own. Put 'em together and you have one of our best releases all year.

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