Friday, December 30, 2011

Updated Review: **** $ Cameron Hughes Lot 64 California Red Wine, 2005 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: The Cameron Hughes Lot 64 California Red Wine is from 70% St. Helena, 30% Lake County, California grapes; specifically, a wild combination of:  30% Tempranillo, 29% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Verdot.  It is finished at a whopping 15% alcohol.

Original Review: February, 2010:

In the glass: Cameron Hughes Lot 64 shows as deep magenta in the glass, opaque to within an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool without a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this red blend offers bold, rich, classic 20th Century sweet oaked cabernet aromas.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a smooth, rich, balanced, almost warm, rug-like coating across your tongue and palate.  Full, rich, deep, balanced fruit; smooth tannins bring flavors along with just enough lift to reach the roof of your mouth.  Deep black currant and blackberry as key notes.

And the finish: Even, long, leisurely.

In summary: Overall, a rich and ready experience, right from the bottle. Rates a full four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This is an awesome value.

Following a four-day decant under vacuum in a partial bottle:  Still very consistent in aroma and palate; it has picked up a bit lighter red overtone overall.  Suggest drinking it right upon initial opening. 
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Updated review, almost two years later,  December, 2011:  Still deep magenta in the glass, opaque in the center, now with hints of brick at the edge.  Sweet and ripe - almost over-ripe - classic cabernet aromas.  Extremely consistent palate, bringing lush and flavorful fruit.  Holding up extraordinarily well to the time in bottle.    

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