Monday, March 11, 2013

Updated Review: **** $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 287 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2007 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Napa Valley is, the classic United States location for cabernet sauvignon.  Cameron Hughes seeks to put high value wines in the bottle.  Let's see if this Cameron Hughes Napa Cabernet Sauvignon delivers!

Original tasting and review , November, 2011: This is Cameron Hughes Lot 287 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  This blend is actually 77% Stags Leap District, 13% Oakville, and 10% Rutherford.  

In the glass: Cameron Hughes Lot 287 Cabernet Sauvignon is black burgundy in the glas, opaque to within a quarter inch of the rim. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, classic, deep cassis fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and seriously structured.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact silky, fruity milk chocolate fruit, surrounded by lightly silty tannins.  The friendly palate is accompanied by an energetic and clean finish that is not particularly long, but is clean and integrated.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for serious structure and pleasure.  This is a good value at its attractive price point.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:    Still bold classic aromas, now with sturdy eucalyptus mixed in.  Bold, sweet and sleek on the palate.   Just touches four stars with the air.  Awesome value.  And even longer decant, three more days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Strong, but held in the air just a little too long - the palate is starting to fall apart into separate elements, less integrated. 
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Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Deep, muddy red burgundy now. Classic cabernet nose, but showing now as slightly oxidized.  Much of the deep, structured flavor from before, but now showing a distinct element of old-world Brett.  Adds a nice note for those who like that element.  Little eucalyptus.

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