The hunt for the illusive Napa Valley Cabernet that is both stellar and affordable has left many a wine lover frustrated, with many losing their belief that such a scenario even exists – until today. Cameron Hughes, Negociant extraordinare, has done it again, this time with his limited release Lot 28 which arrived at the Danville Costco today. Treasure Hunters, start your engines, this wine will not be around after the weekend. I actually feel bad that there is such a limited quantity of this Lot, and that it isn’t even available at other Bay Area Costco’s or Cam’s site. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, you have my sympathy. But for the fortunate few, your Hommage a Cameron has paid off; you are now being rewarded. Tasting notes below:
2002 Cameron Hughes Lot 28 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes: This Inky Purple wine is loaded with Dark Fruit, Cassis, and Vanilla, aromas with a hint of violet apparent after a little aeration. On the palate this wine has good tannic structure and reveals glycerin, blueberry, licorice and leather notes with a full bodied finish. The terrior suggests hillside fruit; an incredible value.
2005 Cameron Hughes Lot 27 Russian River Valley Syrah
Notes: Of the two Syrah’s out now, this is the one to buy.Â This wine is very young and tight, but opens up after about 30 minutes of air. Decanting is a must if you are going to enjoy this wine early, but you are rewarded with lovely Vanilla and Blackberry notes, glycerin, well integrated tannins and a nice finish.
2006 Cameron Hughes Lot 26 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ
Notes: This is a fantastic effort, with a ton of tropical fruit notes, great acidity, and a clean crisp finish. It possesses Passion Fruit, Mango, and Citrus aromas, as well as floral notes and spice on the palate. A refreshing wine, this effort can stand up to similar bottles from the region selling for twice the price. Sealed with a Stelvin Screwcap, bravo!
2005 Cameron Hughes Lot 24 Syrah Sonoma County
Notes: This Ruby/Purple colored wine offers loads of Coffee on the nose, with a medium bodied mouth feel with hints of earth, pepper, and currant, with the dominate quality of coffee carrying over on the palate. This wine finishes mildly and is a bit one dimensional.
2002 Cameron Hughes Lot 23 Meritage 63% Sonoma 37% Napa
Notes: This â€œmystery blendâ€ which tasted to me like a Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc, Merlot blend, has a nice ruby purple color but possesses a somewhat cloying perfume. Hints of oak, raspberries and forest floor caress your tongue. A somewhat short finish, this wine is a simple yet tasty effort.
Score: 86pts (tasted twice with consistent notes)
2004 Cameron Hughes Lot 21 California Zinfandel
Notes: A Ruby/Garnet color is just the start of this pleasant wine. With notes of Cherry liquor, sweet currants, and ample glycerin, this wine isn’t overly tart and has nice black fruit characteristics.
Score: 88pts (tasted twice with consistent notes)