Original Review, March, 2008: This Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is part of the Cameron Hughes line, Lot 44, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date in 2008.
In the glass, it is medium red, more mahogany in the center. Upon swirling, the nose has strong black currant elements, bright berry with just a bit of wet dish rag.
The palate is consistent... a bright, lightly acidic, medium tannin front. Alcohols and tannins ride the bright fruit up the slope of your mouth towards your eyeballs. Pleasant, sweet, lightly acidic finish. Three stars out of five. Will age a little, though not a lot of concentration.
Updated review, six years later, now nine years from vintage date, July, 2014.
In the glass: Medium deep magenta red.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows subtle and balanced deep red currant berries. From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and still bright.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact smoky red berries with hints of charcoal.
In summary: Overall, rates a still-solid three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, despite almost a decade of age.
Another updated review, another year later, now a full decade from vintage date, June 2015: Smoky and deep red currants on the nose. Wonderfully bright, elegant, deep red fruit with some solid smoke backing it up. Shows no age. The extra age knits things together wonderfully, bringing this an additional plus to three plus stars now, and making it a good value - the downside is you had to wait 10 years!
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