Reviews – Cameron Hughes Lot 74 and Lot 92

Lot 74 photo credit Katie MacKenzieDisclosure: The following wines were received as press samples.

Lot 92 – 2004 Margaret River Chardonnay

Price: $14
Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Production: 350 cases

Cam’s back! This delicious wine (sealed with a screw cap) is very well balanced and delivers a nose of pineapple, pear and apple with a light mouth feel that is crisp with a bit of a tangy finish. Great with light fare, snatch this one up before it’s gone!

90 pts. A-

Lot 74 – 2006 Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: ???
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
Production: 1,440 cases

This wine is very young, and even with an hour of decanting, remains tight. The nose offers hints of blackberry and black raspberry with a chewy mouth feel that covers your tongue in a tannic blanket. The finish is long but acidic. This wine will definitely need to be placed in the cellar for another 4-6 years before enjoyed.

82 pts. (B-)

Value Wines From Rutherford Wine Company

I don’t know about you, but one of my thrills in life is finding a great wine at a reasonable price that I can recommend to friends or just hoard for myself. I was pleasantly surprised when a few press samples from Rutherford Wine Company arrived and all of them turned out to be pleasing to both the palate and the budget. The following are my notes on 2 of the wines they sent, with the 4 more reviews coming soon.

Dominican Oaks 2006 Napa Valley Merlot

Production:  5,200 – 12/750ml cases
Total acid/PH: .58 / 3.68
Alcohol:  13.5%
Aging:  15 months in French and American oak
Blend:  91% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Syrah
Suggested Retail:  $17.00
Score: 94 pts (A)
Notes: An Excellent Value – This well rounded Merlot offers loads of blackberry flavors, vanilla, and a very nice mid-palate.  Softly textured with a nice finish.  Perfect with food or on it’s own.

Round Hill 2007 Pinot Grigio, Family owned, Sustainably grown
Production: 2,500 Cases
Acid/pH: 0.67 / 3.35
Alcohol:  12.5%
Release Date:  October 2008
Blend:  90% Pinot Grigio, 5% Chenin Blanc and 5% Muscat Canelli
Suggested Retail:  $10.00
Score: 90 pts (A-)
Notes: Aroma’s of fruit and citrus, very nicely textured on the palate with good acidity.  A very crisp, nice finish.

Copia Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts, a.k.a. Copia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday while negotiating a $2 Million dollar emergency investment from an unnamed source to continue pay of employee salaries.

The center closed its doors Friday, Nov. 21, and its web site noted at the time that “COPIA is temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience,” without further explanation. After originally signaling it would reopen Dec. 1, Copia filed for bankruptcy protection instead, and its doors remained shuttered on Monday.

It’s doors remained shuttered? You betcha!

Since it’s opening in 2001, the center has been bleading money every year to the sum of about $78 Million in debt today, but those responsible blame the current credit crunch and market conditions for the downfall. Plans to reinvent the facility have been talked about since the beginning of the year but not much has been done as of yet.

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