Lot 596 | 2013 Monte Rosso

Cabernet Sauvignon

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).

$35.00

(29 Reviews)

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Lot 596 2013 Monte Rosso Vineyard (Sonoma Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot 596 | 2013 Monte Rosso

Cabernet Sauvignon

$35.00

(29 Reviews)

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Wine Details

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.

  • Vintage
  • 2013
  • Appellation
  • Monte Rosso
  • Grape
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 92%, Malbec 5%, Merlot 3%
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 15.2%
  • Cases Produced
  • 800 Cases
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2030
  • Release Email
Cam Confidential

Since its planting in the 1880s, Monte Rosso and its famous red soils have been producing some of the most elite Cabernets in California. Located 1,000-2,000 feet above the valley floor, the famous red soils of Monte Rosso produce incredible Cabernets that are consistently awarded 91-95 point scores from Parker, Galloni, and other major publications year after year. The Wine Advocate Vintage Guide has given the North Coast Cabernet crop from 2013 a "98" - the highest rating they have ever assigned to the region in its history. The Wine Spectator has also described 2013 as "dazzling", "stunning", and "the next superstar vintage". Lot 515, our 2012 release, received a 92 from the Spectator. Lot 596 is even better. Compare at $85+.

Reviews

29 Reviews Total

tornatore

Verified Purchase

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.

Roger

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This wine is still tight and tannic. Going to be great...

Ron

Verified Purchase

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.

Morten

Verified Purchase

Tried all the 596-600, this is probably my favorite, although they are all really good. Really good Cali Cab!

Nick

Verified Purchase

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.

William

Verified Purchase

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.

Nick

Verified Purchase

After decanting for 2 hours lot 596 displayed lush red fruit and chocolate... A juicy, rich wine!

Dougger

Verified Purchase

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!

Big

Verified Purchase

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.

Gary

Verified Purchase

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.