Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: **** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 251 GSM Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre, Arroy0 Seco, Monterey County, California, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Cameron Hughes is a negociant, seeking higher value wines than represented by their cost, generally in California, but increasingly in regions throughout the world.

Original tasting and review , October, 2011: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 251 GSM Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedre, Arroy0 Seco, Monterey County, California, 2009, finished at 14.3% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque an inch in from the edge of the glass.  Both purple and brick highlights.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows classic, soft and structured red fruit, with clear oak highlights.  Also, milk chocolate.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, layered and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, muddled red fruit with deep modeling clay overtones.  Burnt, crispy edges around the sweet, red fruit core.  Lots of layers, lusciousness and length. Drips ripe red berries for a full minute through your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, unique mid-red experience rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value.  Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Served cool, sweeter and brighter on the nose.  Bright, tangy on the palate with more limited mid-palate expressions.  Better fresher and closer to room temperature.
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Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Purple highlights have faded in the glass. Still clean, red fruit, less chocolate.  Solid and full red berries.  Seems simpler than before, retreating just a touch from its four-star rating.  Perhaps peaking.

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