Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review and Rating: **+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 52 Malbec, 2006, Valle du Uco, Mendoza, Argentina

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Original Review, three years from vintage date, March, 2009: We've tried a few wine lots from premium wine negociant Cameron Hughes in past reviews. This one is Lot 52, a 2006 malbec from the Valle du Uco area of Mendoza, Argentina - a location where malbec does indeed reign supreme. Alcohol is a solid 14.6%.

In the glass, Cameron Hughes Lot 52 is deep red, not opaque, and not purple; but a straight deep red.

Aromas are deep, almost funky, fruit - reminiscent of some cabernet. A bit of smoke in there too.

On the palate, a fresh fruity sensation in the middle of your mouth is the first impression, followed by sweet blueberry acids that creep up the sides of your mouth. Finish brings on some silkiness along with the acids, gently ebbing in a long finish.

Two stars on the Spirit of Wine scale - as the brightness level is a bit too high for me - but we're adding a plus because of the excellent balance. Those of you who tend towards a brighter body in your dry reds will like this.

Updated tasting and review, now eight years from vintage date, July, 2014:  

In the glass: Deep dark magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, furry, dark red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be dry yet deep and round.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full featured mature blackberry, definitely middle-aged.  Full and deep blackberry with little in the way of acids remaining.  Thick, still reasonably lively, but seems to have wished it was finished a couple of years earlier.

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