Cameron Hughes purchases excess wine inventory from wineries and resells them at discounted prices under the Cameron Hughes label. The company’s purchases are accompanied by non-disclosure agreements, whereby Cameron Hughes cannot reveal the name of the winery from which they made the purchase.
The 2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 278 Meritage was composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine was sourced from the Spring Mountain District in Napa, California. It carried an ABV of 14.2%. There were 3200 cases of this wine bottled.
While I knew of Cameron Hughes, I had never tasted any of their wines. This situation was remedied when I found a bottle of Lot 278 in a local beverage store.
This was a PNP.
Red and black fruit were the initial hits on the nose. There were also berries, red berries. I detected a faint touch of cedar as well.
Taking a sip, I found black fruit on the palate, and a touch of herbaceousness, mint, but not much more. The fruit was nondescript, not vibrant at all. The mouthfeel was light. It was rather disappointing.
The finish was rather brief and unremarkable.
Overall, Lot 278 was a bit of a letdown. It wasn’t a bad bottle of wine, but it wasn’t a great bottle. I had been expecting more. I would definitely give a different Cameron Hughes a try, but I wouldn’t purchase Lot 278 again.
The 2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 278 retails for $18 to $20. The local store saw me coming and managed to bamboozle me out of $35 (I am so glad I have a price checker on my phone. Now, if only I could remember to use it!). Even at the $18 level, there are better options out there.