Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, California.
SRP of $18 and available for around $12.
From the bottle:
"Cameron Hughes is an international négociant, sourcing and producing small lots of high quality wine from the world's best regions. Cameron offers a diverse range of wines uniquely represented by the Lot number on this label.
Lively and inviting aromas of fresh raspberry, cherry and spice around a dark and earthy core of forest floor, black fruits and wet stone. Juicy texture is supported by broad sweeping tannins.
The 2012 Cameron Hughes Lot 395 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir begins with aromas of strawberry, cherry, spice, earth and a little leather. The wine needs a couple of hours to open up but when it does it is very nice and very Pinot Noir. Tasting reveals lots of juicy black cherry and raspberry that is pleasantly tinged with oak and spice. Smooth with soft tannins, this light to medium-bodied wine features great balance and is very easy to drink. The finish is excellent and has good length. The wine was just as good on day 2. This is a great value -- especially for a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir!
Also check out these other recent reviews of wines from Cameron Hughes:
- Cameron Hughes Lot 339 California Field Blend 2010 - Every Day
- Cameron Hughes Lot 374 Maremma Toscana 2007 - The Definition of Luscious
- Battle of The Bargain Napa Valley Meritage - Cameron Hughes Lot 325 vs Kirkland Signature
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