Whenever we approach one of our centennial Lots, such as 100 and 200, we always look for a special wine, one that represents the pinnacle of what we do here at Cameron Hughes Wine – deliver incredible value. Lot 300 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet is our best wine of the year grown in the greatest vineyards of Oakville, Rutherford, and Stags Leap with incredible provenance from one of California’s most acclaimed wineries (the same sourcing as Lot 200). Given that this producer doesn’t sell a bottle of wine under a $100 (actually, it’s much higher but to honor our NDA I am purposefully keeping this detail a bit fuzzy) I believe this wine is an exceptional value at $28/bottle.
Lot 300 is sourced primarily from the alluvial fans along the eastside of Napa Valley in the districts of Oakville and Rutherford – these soils I believe make the greatest Napa Valley Cabernets (smaller amounts of the final blend hail from Stags Leap and Atlas Peak). The fruit is picked in small yellow bins before destemming into a forty foot long sorting table where every grape is inspected for color and structure. The choice grapes are then placed in brand new, upright oak barrels with their tops removed for fermentation and stirring. The result is perfect extraction and incredible oak integration. Lot 300 is a testament to boutique, hands-on winemaking by some of the most talented people from the best vineyards in Napa Valley. Lot 300 is a step-up in terms of quality from Lot 200 and illustrates how the Cabernet programs at Cameron Hughes Wine continue to strengthen.
The result is nothing short of profound: black fruit essence and crème de cassis is interlaced with exotic spice and liquid minerals. Silken texture and fine-grained tannins provide for a breathtaking palate. Deftly and perfectly balanced, this wine showcases the beautiful fruit and alluvial tannins of Oakville and Rutherford. While this wine is just beginning to emerge from the bottle already you can tell it is dazzling stuff and definitely a cellar candidate. Lot 300 is enjoyable now but be sure to decant in the near term.
We have less wine this year than last, so if cult quality Napa Cabernet is your thing, you’ll want to move quickly on this wine.
If you have any questions about this or any of our other wines, please call us at 1-800-805-1971 or email.