Sunday, September 23, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 233 Cabernet Sauvignon (Haras de Pirque), Maipo Valley, Chile, 2008 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts:   Cameron Hughes is a negociant, a wine producer who obtains grapes and/or wines from various locations, seeking to create a high-value offering.  The cabernet sauvignon here was acquired from Chile already bottled.  It is clear from the cork that the maker is Haras de Pirque.

Original tasting and review, September, 2011: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 233 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2008, finished at 14.9% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep violet, opaque to within a half inch of the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bright chocolate and sandy plums.  From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, bold and aromatic.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold and still raw plums, yielding young tannins, acids and alcohol along with the primary fruit.  Can settle nicely with some decanting or further age.  Finish is noted in the acids at the back of your mouth. 

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for future promise.  Has the stuffing to be a three star wine someday.

Following a one-hour decant:  The palate has mellowed to rounded aromatic violets, with a bright surrounding acid sheen.  Migrates to three stars.  Needed the air.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Deep bright plums and violets on the nose.  Rounded and bright on the palate.  Held up nicely. 

Updated review, over a year later,  September, 2012:  Deep red, it has lost its violet elements.  Bold, tangy plums remain on the nose - overwhelming!  Softer now on the palate, with nicely yielding plums and blackberries.  Bright floral violet notes.  Three stars with a big plus for layers with the additional age, nicely drinking at four years from vintage date.  Becomes a good value.  

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