Drinking the Lot 72

I’m slowly making my way through the half case of Cameron Hughes wine that I won at last year’s Wine Blogger Conference…hopefully I’ll be through it all by the time this year’s WBC rolls around. Speaking of, do you write a wine blog? Have you registered for the WBC yet? WHY NOT? Last I heard, nearly half the slots were gone and registration only opened a month ago. So go. Register.  As a wine blogger, it’s a screaming deal at only $85 (if you’re an Open Wine Consortium) for 3 days of wine, food, and great company. Last year, I tasted amazing wines, met some really great wine bloggers and industry folks, and had an overall fabulous time.

Tonight I chose the Cameron Hughes 2005 Napa Valley Meritage Lot 72.  It had a Diam closure, clocked in at 14.1% alcohol by volume, and retails at Costco for $9.99.  It’s currently sold out online, but you might be lucky enough to find a few bottles in your local Costco. If so, scoop them up, at $9.99 this is a huge bargain and is perfect as an everyday wine or for a party.  Plus, it goes really well with homemade pizza (what I served it with) and that’s always a good feature for me.

On the nose I found black cherry, plum, dark fruit, blackberry, chocolate, and a little spice.  The nose seemed really Merlot-like to me.  In the mouth I got flavors of raspberries, black cherries, blackberries, very dark fruit, coffee, and something herbal on the back palate.  The fruit showed as really tart, but overall the wine was smooth, and drinking really well.  A great wine for a weeknight and would work well with tomato sauce based dishes as well as stews.  Even though I’m pretending it’s spring, I’m being realistic here and still cooking heavier winter dishes!