Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Cameron Hughes Lot 435 Pinot Noir, Central Coast (esp. Arroyo Seco), California, 2012 = GOOD VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Cameron Hughes Lot 435 Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California, 2012, made predominantly with Arroyo Seco fruit from Monterey and finished at 14.2% alcohol.

In the glass: Light red to orange color, consistent with the Arroyo Seco roots.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold sugar and cinnamon spice with red fruit popping up.  From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and gently sweet red in character.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright red currants with elements of furry purple tannin that robe the fruit.  A touch of heat comes forth from the alcohol, but the finish is brisk, layered yet clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, a few months later, July, 2014:  Still shows the red cinnamon spice in the nose, but carries that through more faithfully to the palate now, with the extra few months, showing a furry, sweet, cinnamon style.  Yummy and gets a plus on the three stars for that, becoming a good value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for value-priced Arroyo Seco pinot noir.

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