Cameron Hughes Lot 515 | 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine hails from Monte Rosso vineyard in Sonoma Valley A.V.A. which is located in Sonoma County A.V.A. Searching around on the internet you won’t find much on Monte Rosso vineyard like a company website and social media accounts. But you will find that a lot of other producers source their fruit from this vineyard. According to Hughes “Monte Rosso has perhaps been the greatest source for Cabernet in Sonoma County.” That’s a pretty bold statement. Let’s take a look at some of the other producers sourcing fruit from the vineyard: Louis Martini – Monte Rosso Cabernet. 92 points Robert Parker $85 (2010). Arrowood – Monte Rosso Cabernet. 93 points Wine Advocate and $80 (2009)
That’s impressive. And then there’s Cameron Hughes. This wine retails for $32 on his website, with a total production of just 500 cases. Lot 515 is a blend of 95% Cabernet, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot and weighs in at a whopping 15.4% alcohol.
The wine is dense and dark and so packed with fruit that over the course of the 3 nights I sampled this wine, the only time I noticed heat was on the last few sips, and even that wasn’t all that unpleasant. There are some nice mineral notes interlaced in with the predominately blackberry and licorice palate.
The nice thing about this wine is that although it may get better with age, it is really very much a drink now kind of wine. You won’t be committing wine infanticide by drinking this wine withing the next few years. Especially if you’ve been used to Cabernets from Napa. I’m a huge fan of Napa cabs, but Lot 515 is definitely a wine I can appreciate.
Weekly Wine Journal rating 93 points
*wine purchased with my own hard earned $$.