Cameron Hughes Lot 172 | 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
I bought this wine for about $19 on a recent trip to Costco.
It is a little pricier than most of Cameron’s Wines, but in my experience that means its going to be an amazing wine. Maybe it’s a self fulfilling prophecy, and probably not a good way to start an “objective” wine review but that’s how I roll!
First lets look at the technicals for Lot 172: The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, with 95% of the fruit being sourced from Atlas Peak and 5% from Napa Valley. The alcohol content is 14.9% and production was 4,000 cases.
On the nose: Black fruits and a little vanilla oak. On the palate: Rich and young, typical of mountain fruit. The tannins are mouth puckering yet not out of balance with the other aspects of the wine, though if you are not a fan of big tannins you should decant for several hours and/or cellar this wine for a while. The fruit on the palate is predominantly blackberry/blueberry with black tea tannins and more vanilla notes. If you are a fan of big bold California Cabernet’s that are slightly less ripe than the typical valley floor wines, this is the wine for you. This is a wine made for a big juicy grilled steak.
Recent accolades for Lot 172 include a Double Gold medal at the Long Beach Grand Cru and a 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast. Not surprisingly this wine is now sold out online and can only be found at select Costco’s.