Monday, November 30, 2009

Cameron Hughes Lot 102: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cameron Hughes Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon
Lot 102
Napa Valley
Geyserville, California, USA
$13.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Medium to dark ruby
Nose: Cassis, cherry, rosemary, anise
Body: Medium to full
Front: Cherry
Middle: Raspberry, black pepper
Back: Herbes de provence, soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Composite cork

This is the second in the Cameron Hughes tasting diptych. This wine is more to my taste. And it went well with onion soup, the link to the recipe for which I must provide out of gratitude.

Lot 102 is not a masterpiece of subtlety like the Andrew Will. It's not a powerhouse like the Sattui Preston. But it's the tastiest $14 bottle of wine I've had in years. A caveat, however: I opened this puppy at 4:30 p.m. and didn't drink any of it until almost 8 p.m. It really needs air, so don't take it to dinner at someone else's house unless they've got a big decanter and/or patience and they really like you. That said, I'm not sure it will cellar well, since it's not a particularly complex wine, with the acidic flavors more or less dominating.