Thursday, December 29, 2011

Updated Review: *** $$ Cameron Hughes, Lot 179, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah, Napa, CA, 2007

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Original Tasting and Review, August, 2010:

By way of background: This is Cameron Hughes, Lot 179, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah, Napa, CA, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: This shows as medium/dark magenta, opaque about a half inch in from the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled, this 50/50 cab/syrah blend shows a charcoal-and-sweet-blackberry on the nose, deep and ruddy, but bold.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a sleek, mid-weight dark red currant, red cherry and ripe plum, all wrapped in a potent alcohol lift.  Tannins and potent acids are present, bringing length to the finish, and suggesting that a bit of time will mellow the experience. 

In summary: Overall, bright and dark, mostly syrah-esque experience, with some staying power. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle: Aromas and palate are quite consistent, with the palate tone mellowed by just a shade.
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Updated review, almost a year and a half later,  December, 2011:    Consistent color and nose.  Wow.  Even the palate is entirely unchanged.  Still all brightness and darkness, swirled into one.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Nose is sweeter and tangier.  Palate has a distinct brightness now too.

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