Chalk Hill Sonoma

Cameron Hughes, Lot 140. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma, 2007

Currently this wine is only available at select Costco Wholesale Stores.

From the company literature: “…aromas of raspberry, Bing cherries, and roasted herbs, accompanied by delicate undertones of anise and hints of mint…vibrant mouth-feel and substantial tannins, the palate enjoys cocoa and cherry, with a distinct coffee finish.  Nicely balanced, with good acidity and well integrated oak…mid-palate is fruit-driven and lush, leading toward a more structured, textural finish…”

I decanted for an hour before my first sip.   I was in love with the aroma of this wine right away.  I really picked up on the raspberry and anise.  On the mouth a definite cocoa and cherry, ripe Bing cherry.  A little later on, the mint started to make a subtle appearance.  The oak is really well balanced, (there is no “Oak Monster” lurking in the bottle as Gary Vaynerchuk would say)  This wine is a lot more to my liking than the William Hill Estate Cabernet that I reviewed last week.  Lot 140 blends the pretty aromas of Chimney Rock Cabernet with the big fruit-driven tannins of Spring Mountain.  It’s everything I like about wine, all in one bottle!  Even more amazing is the alcohol content… 14.9%!  I had no idea it was that high, there is absolutely no heat present.  And here’s the kicker… it retails for $13.99 at Costco!  How can it be so good and so cheap??!  You can find Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 140 at select Costco’s in California and Arizona.

P.S.  (Dec 16th–just found out–total production on this wine is 8,000 cases)

Has anyone else tried Lot 140?  What do you think?  Go ahead and leave a comment!