Cameron Hughes, Lot 121 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
460 cases made.
Rating: 90 points Wine Enthusiast
From Cameron Hughes Literature:
“…incredible fruit, colossal structure, gorgeous oak (80% new and 20% one-year old barrels for 20 months) and a remarkably supple mouthfeel for this district. Deep purple red color and gorgeous nose reveal red stone fruits on the palate with plenty of tannin…’03 and ’04 recieved 92 points from The Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.
I really have to agree that this wine is very accessible for the Spring Mountain District. The tannins are a little more laid back than the Spring Mountain Vineyard 2004 Cabernet that I reviewed a while back. Equally delicious though, and needs similar amount of time in the decanter. Minimum an hour, but two would be better. I am always really interested in the story behind the wine. Cameron always has a “Cameron Confidential” on his website where he gives you some clues and insights into the wine. The remarkable thing about this wine is that not only does it come from the anonymous wineries $85 program but it is also the wineries entire production for 2006!
After holding onto this wine for a year I recently celebrated the Weekly Wine Journal’s 1st birthday. I went all out and bought a Kobe New York Strip to pair with this wine. I also grilled some golden beets and carrots on a cedar plank, and also sautéed red onions and mushrooms in Worcester sauce. This wine was an incredible pairing with the tender fatty juicy steak. The bold chewy tannins were able to cut through the fat. Absolutely fantastic!