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Wine Review | Cameron Hughes Lot 151

Cameron Hughes Wine

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Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 151

has long been a favorite of mine.  If you are looking for what I consider to be one of the best values in American wine, Cameron Hughes wine is the way to go.

I recently received Lot 151 as a sample, and was surprised to see that this wine hails from the Columbia Valley.  Cameron has been largely focused on wines from California and this is his first wine from Washington State. Let’s take a look at the technicals: Lot 151 is a blend of Riesling 70%, Chenin Blanc 30%. The alcohol comes in at 12% and the production was 2,500 cases. Lot 151 retails for about $10.

Cameron Hughes wine Lot 151 color

Pale straw in color

The color is a clean golden straw color. The nose is quite aromatic and  features ripe peach and citrus with floral notes.  The palate is somewhat more concentrated than I expected and I liked it.  Lot 151 is crisp yet sweet, the acidity is lively.  This is a very interesting for only $10.  This wine would pair well with spicy dishes and also a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Wine Review: Columbia Crest 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest 2006 Reserve Cabernet

Technicals:

Price: $22.99

Where from?:  100% Columbia Valley, Washington State

Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14.7%

I am a huge fan of the 2005 version of this wine.  The 2006 is nothing like that.  Not that it’s bad, it’s just not a 95 pointer.  I think the 92 points it got from Wine Spectator is maybe a little enthusiastic.  It’s a good Cabernet, no doubt, but…

On the nose:  Nothing special here…Black fruit?  A little bit of oak?  I wanted to be wowed but was not.

On the Palate:  Much better, loads of black fruit.  Not overly fruity.  Mocha.  It’s quite bright, the wine is still young and a bit tight.  I actually decanted for an hour before taking my first sip.  Much much later, after 4 hours in the decanter the wine really started to show itself.  I recommend a minimum of 3 hours in a decanter if anyone wants to consume this wine in the near future.  Otherwise you are going to miss the complexity.  Later on the ripe fruit grabs you and says “Hey! How do you like me now?!”  At that point it goes down smooth, delicious with a solid back bone of tannins ala concentrated pomegranate.

Finish:  The finish is deliciously mouth-watering, but only after a long time in the decanter.

The Next Day:

24 hours later, very nice.  Fruit forward…Black Berry Black currant, simple and smooth finish.  A decent wine, I will buy it again.