Wine Review: Cameron Hughes Lot 137, 2007 Syrah, Paso Robles

Price: $8.99 at various Costco’s Scroll to the bottom of the page for more info on where to find it

Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 137

Alcohol: 14.9%

I attended an all Cameron Hughes Wine tasting and this was one of my favorites among the 5 or 6 that were served.  I tasted this wine after tasting a couple of Chardonnay and a Merlot based Meritage, just to put this in perspective.  The nose was pleasant, nothing unpleasant, nothing particularly amazing.  I picked up on maybe a bit of ripe dark fruit and very mild spice.  The color was quite pretty, a luminescent ruby color, kinda sexy!

The palate is where this wine began to impress.  Rich and ripe, blackberries.  A good solid wine, the 14.9% alcohol surprised me, no heat from that, and the price of $9 bucks?  What?

So I went down to Costco and bought 6 bottles and gave the wine a closer inspection.

Upon closer inspection…

Pretty delicious and remarkably easy to drink, quite versatile.  I had it with baked salmon one night and concoction of re-fried beans and rice, ground beef, Cholula sauce and Monterey jack cheese the next.  I was lazy and mixed all the left overs together and washed it down with the wine from the night before.

The wine held up nicely and actually mixed quite nicely with the spicy food.

I picked up on a little more of the earthiness during my bottle testing.

Conclusion:  Although not extremely complex, this would definitely suffice as a daily drinker, and it’s far superior to any of the under $10 Shiraz/Syrah that I’ve tried. If you like the Kunde Estate Syrah, you’ll like this too.

Cameron Hughes Website



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