92 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 599 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): $29, 14.9%. This is a very good Cabernet and a good value. Cameron says it’s from a producer that “sells for $135.” I don’t doubt it, given the plethora of Napa Cabs that now cost triple digits. The wine is inky black. It smells of black currants and oak, a young, vigorous aroma. Flavorwise, it’s very rich in black currants, cassis, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, charred beef fat and spices such as cloves and black pepper. The finish is long, clean and thoroughly dry. All in all, a fancy wine that gives lots of pleasure, and develops in the glass as it breathes.
Lot 599 displays a dense, opaque purple color. Right out of the bottle, aromatics of bright cherry fruit, meaty crème de cassis, and allspice notes. With air, pretty florals emerge with soaring blue/black fruits, molten licorice, dark chocolate and fresh turned earth. A dense, brooding complexity on the palate is augmented by a fantastic glycerin/fruit core. Splendid oak integration and a tightly wound mid-palate resolves in a rich and lavish finish that goes on for a good 45-50 seconds. Already showing amazingly well with just a few months in bottle…the aging upside here is exponential.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Currant, Oak, Tannins