2009 Cameron Hughes "Lot 246" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1109038 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A great Cabernet for drinking now with upscale dishes. Production was 2,700 cases, but it’s worth a search. Tastes classy and elegant, with rich blackberry, currant, anise and oak flavors that are dry and complex. For this price, it’s a huge value. Editor's choice. — S.H. (7/1/2012)  (7/ 2012)

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Cameron Hughes is a negociant with hands in lots of great fruit sources. They always seem to emerge ahead of the pack when it comes to producing wines with character that over-deliver in quality for the price. "Lot 246" Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet hails from top sites near St. Helena and the Stags' Leap districts and defines the wine with ripe, bold currant and cassis aromas and flavors and ripe, sweet tannins. The Petit Verdot, from a site near Calistoga, adds leafy floral highlights to the aroma and finish. Aged in 100% French oak for fifteen months, toasty oak and smoky vanilla aromas and flavors abound amidst layers of creamy richness. The finish is smooth, with lingering flavors and texture. This can be enjoyed now but will evolve with age. The objective of the "Lot Series" is take the idea of "value" to the extreme: "Whereas most of these high-end wines end up being 'back-blended' into lesser quality wines to 'fix' them," explain the folks at Cameron Hughes, "the Lot Series preserves the ultra-premium quality of the original Lot by bottling it unadulterated and never 'back-blended.'"

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8