Winning Yummy Wine


I’ve been hearing lots about Cameron Hughes for the last year or 2, but never had a chance to try it. Every time I went to my local Costco they were completely sold out.  Fast forward to the Wine Blogger Conference last fall. Now, I don’t have a fancy smart phone or anything, but lots of other wine bloggers do, including Thea.  During dinner on the first night, Thea was playing on Twitter and poked me to tell me the Cameron Hughes reps were offering a case of wine to the 13th person to come up to them and say “Beer.”  So it’s a good thing Thea has a short attention span and was more interested in Twitter than the dinner because while she saw the tweet, I knew who the reps were since I met them earlier that day.  Immediately after dinner, we made a beeline for them, and said “Beer.” Apparently we were the only ones to do so, so they gave us the wine and we each got to pick half a case to be sent to our houses!


One of the six I picked was the Cameron Hughes Lot 49. It’s a 2004 blend of 48% Grenache, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, and 10% Carignan.  It hails from the Priorat regions in Spain, had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume. It retails for $20.

On the nose I found blueberry, plum, flowers, chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, and earth.  I liked the floral qualities on the nose, and found the nose to be quite big, the aromas were enticing, I couldn’t wait to try the wine.  In the mouth I got dark fruit, tons of plum, blackberries, spice, black currants, and anise.  The wine had a slight bitter note on the finish that I really enjoyed.

Overall, I found the fruit in the wine to be tart and juicy.  The wine had great structure and I thought it was really well done.  If this is a preview of the quality and value of the other 5 bottles of Cameron Hughes I have yet to taste, then I’m really excited to try them!


4 Responses

  1. You’re a big winner today! 🙂

  2. That Cameron Hughes has a pretty cool story!!!

  3. My mommy thinks so Joe 😉

    Aaron, they do have a pretty neat story. And so far, the wines are holding up well in delivering QPR in my opinion!

  4. Sweet! We’re glad you found us for the ‘beer’, and glad you’re enjoying the wine.

    Lot 49 is an interesting beast (“the rat”!). I haven’t tasted it in about a year — I’m digging out a bottle from the archives to try tonight, based on your review! 🙂

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