Cameron Hughes Lot 182, 2005 Meritage, Atlas Peak
There is a kind of funny, unofficial story behind the labeling on this wine. The blend is 90% Cabernet, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Technically this wine could have been called a Cabernet. But as the story goes, there was a mix up and the labels had already been made.
Total production for Lot 182 is only 1,700 cases, and rather unusual to this acquisition is the fact that the wine was purchased in shiners (unlabeled bottles) that had been cellar aged for 4 years. And speaking of the bottles, these bottles are taller and heavier in weight than most. The extra aging has an amazing effect on this mountain fruit. It is ripe and rich with loads of Blueberry, Cassis and Blackberry. The tannins are firm and fine, and the finish is rich and chocolaty. According to Cameron this wine was aged in 40% new French Oak. Alcohol comes in at 14.5% At $15 this is a ridiculously low price for a wine that is really starting to reach is prime right now.
Rating: 93 points.