Lot 596 | 2013 Monte Rosso
95 pts, Steve Heimoff; 90 pts, Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal, 2016 Cabernet Shootout; A superstar wine from a superstar vintage and vineyard (Wine Spectator 92 pts, 2012 vintage).
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95 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 596 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley); $35, 15.2%. This is one of the more expensive Cameron Hughes wines, but it is from the deservedly famous Monte Rosso. And it’s quite a good Monte Rosso: dark, deep, rich and ageable. Cabernet hardly gets more intense than this, with an explosion of blackberry jam, black currants, blueberries, cassis liqueur and a penetrating minerality suggestive of graphite. Throw in the oak, and you get smoky-sweet vanillins. This is a serious wine for red wine drinkers, a wine of sinew and muscle, potency and mouth-filing depth. But it never loses that inimitable grace and dignity we expect from the vineyard, far above Sonoma Valley. The alcohol is admittedly on the high side; there is some jalapeño heat. But it’s an integral part of the wine’s personality. Delicious to drink now despite the massive tannins; a good steak will cut right through them. But I would not be surprised if this wine were not evolving over the next ten-plus years.
A pour of Lot 596 reveals a tantalizingly dark core with an intense magenta rim. Aromas come in uber- vibrant waves, offering crushed red fruit and high-toned florals with classic notes of crème de cassis and brooding bramble. Violets mingle with inky, mineral-laced blue and black fruit. The palate is juicy and plush, with real depth and finesse for being such a big wine. Dense fruit meets fresh-turned mountain earth. Just gorgeous and super intense, but still very young…clearly a lot more to come, but already showing incredibly well at this point – a testament to an incredible vintage.
- Monte Rosso
- Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Malbec 5%, Merlot 3%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- 800 Cases
- Now through 2030
- Release Email
I bought a case and it's been cellaring since then. After and hour decanting, this deep dark wine was very good. The fruit is intense (in a good way). I'm going to wait another six months before opening the next bottle.
This was my first $35 bottle from Cam. I have no complaints at that price point for a wine like this.
This wine is still tight and tannic. Going to be great...
I brought this wine a while back and installed in it my cellar. I opened it three months later and it was fantastic! I am so glad I brought more before it sold out.
Complex, berries - just awesome
Tried all the 596-600, this is probably my favorite, although they are all really good. Really good Cali Cab!
Friends of ours opened theirs up & wow is it good.
I'm going to keep mine in the cellar just a little longer and repay the favor another time. In the mean time, I will have to get another especially with the 95pt rating. This wine will sell fast.
Just a great wine
Finally opened this last night to have with dinner. What a remarkable wine. Great at any price but superb value at $35. Buying some more.
Lovely, Rich Wine
After decanting for 2 hours lot 596 displayed lush red fruit and chocolate... A juicy, rich wine!
Boy is this stuff dark. Remember, it is not Napa, it is Sonoma so the taste will be different. This is 5 stars all the way! Immerse yourself in a glass of this stuff...quite intoxicating. The taste is many dark berries and a small tartness of sorts. I have some and will hold for a year or two before trying again. Simply magnificent!
Good but ...
This is a great cab. No question about that. But personally I prefer Lot 599 and feel its body is fuller.
I remember Lot 100 was priced at $16 or $18. And there were great Napa cabs priced lower than that. Now the top Napa cab is at $35, doubling the price. Though it still represents value comparing to high priced Napa cabs on the market, but it has come to a point that you ask yourself a question - do you want to spend that much on your daily drinking wine, or you can only afford it for special occasions? I wish Cam can bring back mid level priced quality Napa cabs.
Decanted for 1 1/2 hour....still took about a half hour in the glass to open. True to the closed style of the 2013 vintage in general. I think this will be a beauty in about 6-7 years.
I think it's fairly priced, and @ 15% off pretty good value for a NAPA cab. A typical CH Single vineyard....a lot of wine for the money.