Lot 299 has a nice deep color with aromas of blackberry, fresh raspberry, sandalwood, dusty cocoa and garrigue (balsamic, thyme and dry herbs) are braced with plush texture, creamy oak, and a deep jammy core with lip-smacking freshness. The rich and powerful flavors finish with delicate hints of vanilla and toast.
Blackberry, Chocolate, Oak, Vanilla
Appellation: Minervois 100%
Grape: Syrah 100%
Alcohol by volume: 14.7%
Drink/Hold: Now and through 2021
Lot 299 2007 Reserve Minervois Syrah we refer to around the office as the “lovely monster”. It's a gorgeous wine from 80 year-old-vines grown on a 400M peak in the heart of the Minervois and whereas the Lot 298 sees American oak, Lot 299 Reserve sees 80% new French oak. Tremendous bottle of wine here folks and a tremendous value to boot at $18.
The first thing you can't fail to notice is the heady bouquet. Nothing Conservative about this one. A fabulous aroma and taste one can truly smack one's lips lips over. Delectable!
Posted by:Kristin from San Mateo, CA On: 12/14/12
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I love dark, jammy Syrahs and this one doesn't dissapoint! If you like fuller bodied wines with lots of fruit, this is your wine.
Posted by:ChrisP from Lakeland, FL On: 12/14/12
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I often enjoy a big, full-bodied California red, with lots of fruit balanced with bracing tanins, and a mouth feel ranging from "puckering" to "silky". So I was looking forwartd to this "BIG RED". Unfortunately, I found it to be a "Fruit Bomb". It's big. It's bold. But I can't describe any natural "fruit". It tastes like a scientest concocted it in a factory - NOT like anything Mother Nature grew. There's no balance, no tanins, no silk, no pucker, nothing that really even tastes like wine. Just heavy and BIG. I've had 30-40 other Cameron Hughes wines, and I'd rate them all from a 3 (average) to a 5 (awesome). This is the only real dud I've had. I tried it with food, without food, decanted. It just went from Big-and-ugly to Big-and-ugly-and-stale...Chris.