The wine has a beautiful nose of cinnamon spice and black raspberry with hints of olive making for a very complex aromatic experience. The wine is very linear across the palate with dynamite structure almost Burgundian in its elegance with flavors of blackberry, plum, and spicy cola. Stylistically, this wine has broad appeal valuing structure, elegance and complexity over ripeness and impact, simply delicious.
Blackberry, Plum, Raspberry, Spice
Appellation: Russian River Valley 100%
Grape: Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Drink/Hold: Now and through 2017
This wine represents a collection of top-drawer vineyards on the western edge of the Russian River Valley. Located between the towns of Graton and Occidental in the Russian River Valley appellation. These cool temperate growing conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. A top-notch Pinot like this priced at $18 is an outstanding deal.
Virtual wineries and negociants are not new, but Cameron Hughes has taken these concepts and modernized them to offer great quality, regionally diverse wines for very reasonable prices. And he's done it in a market where many traditional wineries are suffering financially.
A slew of awards for CHW at the 2011 Long Beach Grand Cru! Gold medals include Lot 238 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay, Lot 255 Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir, Lot 271 Russian River Pinot Noir, and Lot 251 Arroyo Seco GSM.
My favorite Cameron Hughes wine was the Lot 251 2009 Arroyo Seco Syrah Grenache Mourvedre. Full-bodied with that savory Syrah richness. I loved the super smooth finish. Retailing at only $13, this is a great weeknight dinner wine!