Lot 176 | 2008 California
Again, like Lot 125, the grapes were moon harvested and hand sorted before a gentle de-stemming and 8+ days of cold soak. Aged in oak for 8 months with 40% new French cooperage (Remond, Demptos, François Frères), the rest all 1- to 3-year-old barrels.
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Still Crazy After All These Years
A lone bottle of 176 was "discovered" while rearranging my wine cellar last week. I decided to have it with my dinner of crab cakes, a very acidic cole slaw and dropped chess biscuits. It was summer, but the rain kept us inside Being a little concerned the wine had past it's drinking age, the decision was made to decant it, let it breathe and hope for the best. With the dozen or so cases of other Cam Hughes, there were plenty of other lots to choose and enjoy.
While decanting, I thought I should have drink this a few years ago... The typical color of 100% pinot grapes had turned ever so slightly brown, but the smell of fruit still remained. Ok, good.
With dinner made we sat at the table and poured and tasted 176. I was very impressed. While the color had changed a bit, the full bodied, smooth mouth feel was still there. The chocolate hid behind the strawberry and blackberry flavors, and over tasted great with our meal.
One note, I felt the wine had taken only one small step just past it's peak. This did not affect our enjoyment.
If you uncover a bottle of 176, open it, let it breathe for a while. After 90 minutes sit back and enjoy. Drink it now before it's too late!