Wine Review: Cameron Hughes Lot 143, 2007 Howell Mountain District, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


90% Cabernet, 6% Tempranillo, 4% Syrah

Alcohol 14.9%

$22 online only (only 10 cases left as of January 13th, 2010) ya I bought it with my own money.

From the company literature:  “Rich mulberry color with the fragerance of violets and Cassis. The nose quickly opens to aromas of ripe plums and savory roasts with a  subtle background of cigar box.  On the palate are juicy and penetrating flavors of currants, rose petal and earth layered with an opulence of wild dark fruit.”

I like to first taste the wines and then read the company literature to compare the two.  Firstly, is that not an awesome description?  Yes it is Tim.  It is an awesome description because it is extremely accurate.  Do ever wonder what kind of psychedelics wine description writers were on when they come up with their descriptions?  Well not to worry with Lot 143. It’s bang on.

It is another one of Cameron Hughes’ mind-blowing steals, coming from a $95 bottle program that consistently scored in the mid 90’s!

So yes, Violets on the nose and Cassis, ripe fruit on the palate and a little bit of earth on the back-end, not a lot, just a nice little bit.  Complex, multi layered, beautiful knock your socks off wine.  I paired it with Filet Mignon and the Arizona Cardinals playoff victory over Green Bay, followed by a late night viewing of The Big Lebowski. Dude, if I hadn’t already blown The Weekly Wine Journal’s budget for wine this quarter I would be buying a case of Lot 143.

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