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

Lot 596
2013 Monte Rosso Vineyard (Sonoma Valley) 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).
  • Cabernet Shootout Challenge Gold Medal Winner
  • Wine Enthusiast 90 PTS!

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.

Style: Full, Bold

Flavors: Blackberry, Oak, Spice

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+.