2009 Cameron Hughes "Lot #285" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1113372 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Completely satisfying on every level. Kudos to the winery for releasing a wine this dry, complex and delicious, at such a good price. Easy to drink, yet sophisticated and elegant.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*Double Gold Winner- 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition* Sourced from confidential, renowned (and expensive) Napa Valley wine producers, this bottling is a steal at under $25. From the winery: "The nose is sweet, focused and pure with ripe blackberry, raspberry and currant aromatics and an underlying sense of minerality. The palate is classically styled with pretty fruit and ripe tannins. We used about 40% new oak with this wine, mostly French with a tiny bit of Hungarian with a low to medium toast to lift the fruit. The result is a delicious Cabernet. It’s a classically styled Rutherford Cabernet notable for its faceted complexity, purity of fruit, and outstanding balance. Of course the best is yet to come as this wine will age gracefully over the next decade." gracefully over the next decade.

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/26/2013  | Send Email
I’ve known Cameron Hughes and his wines since his first release almost a decade ago. Over this time Cameron has turned his little Negociant project into one of the best California has to offer. He obtains some of the best fruit, not only from California, but now from around the world. A perfect example of this is the level of quality fruit found in this Rutherford Cab. I mean, seriously, when was the last time you found a Cabernet from the Rutherford designation for less than $40? 5 years, 10 years ago? Full of flashy oak, classy fruit, seamless texture and serious complexity this is a silly good value that we think people are going to flip out about.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/6/2013  | Send Email
The Cameron Hughes Lot 285 doesn't just say Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on the label, it delivers it in the glass. With a Cabernet market that is willing to accept "decent" for $50, it is refreshing to taste something authentic and delicious at under $25. This bold, powerful, curranty wine does not sacrifice its freshness for another point or two and has real Rutherford dust on the finish. Hurry in to get it before it is gone!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/9/2013  | Send Email
An instant Napa Classic! Very well balanced from start to finish. Love the velvety texture on the palate with plenty of black cherry, plum, and a touch of that rustic savory herb that Rutherford is famous for. Great for drinking now and over the next couple years!

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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.
Sub-Region:

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 (%): 14.5