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ProducerCameron Hughes (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
DesignationLot 70
SubRegionCentral Valley
UPC Code(s)858517000705

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 83.8 pts. and median of 85 pts. in 19 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jsiegel on 12/25/2011 & rated 85 points: A nice wine for everyday. Kind of fruity, not particularly complex, and the finish is short, but tastes good - like having some adult juice without having to think too much about it. (1979 views)
 Tasted by MountainMak on 7/10/2011 & rated 86 points: much better this time (2228 views)
 Tasted by mkbabs on 4/24/2011 & rated 85 points: the color was amazing, deep violet. the taste was not nearly as amazing. good not great, but solid for the price. (2479 views)
 Tasted by JorgeH on 10/17/2010 & rated 79 points: Had a weird mint bubblegum note running through it. Not a fan. (2846 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/16/2010 & rated 87 points: I can see this being a style that a lot of people enjoy, also this is a steak wine for sure

C: Opague Purple, going to a med purple rim
A: Med+ intensity, clean
Charcoal, Meaty[When you sear beef for a stew ie, and come back an hour later smell in the kitchen], Pepper, Sweet Dark Fruit

T: Dry, med acid, med tannin, Full++ body[almost syrupy], med+ alc, med intensity, med finish
Meaty, Creamy, Sweet Dark Blackberry, Vanilla (3133 views)
 Tasted by schnittle on 4/2/2010 & rated 85 points: Bought on a whim for $4.99. Up front I have to say I'm a CH fan in general. Retail price was listed at $14,99. Inky, dark purple color as expected from a PS. Smooth if not simple mouth feel. Black and red fruit flavors. food friendly and a good pairing with home-made pizza. A great QPR at this price. But nothing to get overly excited about. (2554 views)
 Tasted by DrinkNectar on 3/23/2010 & rated 84 points: The Stuff: Sourced from a top Petite Sirah producer in Lodi then re-introduced to oak barrels for 12 months; 6000 cases produces 13.5%abv
•The Swirl: Dark brooding wine with a rusty purple tinge.
•The Sniff: Subtle and subdued but gives off hints of dried cranberry, blueberry, violets and nutmeg (Thanksgiving in a bottle)
•The Sip: Slightly disappointed because the nose was so nice, the structure seems very thin. The hint of cranberry on the front loses itself pretty quickly. The seems to be average tannin on the back end, but not as bold as I would hope for a Petite Sirah. Could be a decent sipper for some folks.
•The Score: G.O. says the retail is $15, but Cameron Hughes website says $11. The price I paid was only $6. At $6 I can score this wine a 3 minus (out of 5). Some people may love it, I was on the fence. (2574 views)
 Tasted by bahiadave on 11/2/2008: meh (3364 views)
 Tasted by Dave124 on 9/22/2008 & rated 84 points: Simple Petite Sirah. Good with a small pasta dish. Very Mellow. Not much body. Right on for the price. (3547 views)
 Tasted by bahiadave on 9/2/2008: Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Lodi
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 6,000 Cases
Release Date: August 2008

Taste: Broodingly deep, inky purple hue. The color of this wine displays the distinctive varietal uniqueness of petite sirah and exhibits on the nose black licorice, cassis and a horde of black fruit aromas. The black fruits on the nose follow through sweet blackberry and currant on first taste. Blackberry, chocolate, and hints of spicy hungarian oak linger on the mid-palette with jammy blueberry/plum on the finish that is assured to thrill your senses. This wine screams for red meat…pair with lamb or filet mignon and your taste will thank you!
Cameron Confidential: The parcels for this petite blend were assembled as fairly raw material last spring from one of the best known petite sirah producers in Lodi and put back into oak barrels (80 French, 20% Hungarian, 50% new) for the last year. The result is a monster petite sirah with evolved tannin structure and remarkable drinkability for a young petite. With about two months in the bottle it is over bottle shock but swinging gently from side to side showing a more oak one week and then more tannin the next. It should be fairly well settled in by the time it reaches you. (3425 views)
 Tasted by MountainMak on 8/23/2008 & rated 82 points: blah. very disappointing. even after a couple hours breathing ... it was flat and short. (3460 views)

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Cameron Hughes

Producer website
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today.

As a modern international négociant, we partner with top-tier wineries around the world, buying and contracting their ultra-premium wine to sell at very affordable prices.

Cameron Hughes Wine brands - unique in character and integrity - include the CH Lot Series, CH California, Hughes-Wellman, The Flying Winemaker, Zin Your Face, and Frunza.

Our wines are available broad market and nationwide in chains like Costco, Sam's Club, Cost Plus World Markets, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Vons, Lucky/Savemart, Publix, and in our CH Web Store. For more information about us, email us or call 1-800-805-1971, M - F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST.

Petite Sirah

Varietal character (Appellation America) | P.S. I Love You: A Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization

Petite Sirah is a variety of red wine grape grown in France, California, Israel and Australia. Recently, wineries located in Washington State's Yakima Valley, Maryland, Arizona, West Virginia, Mexico, Chile's Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, and Ontario's Niagara Peninsula have also produced wines from Petite Sirah grapes. Though developed in France, it is nearly extinct there as of 2002, hanging on in limited plantings in the Isère and Ardêche regions of the Rhône Valley and in Palette, a tiny appellation in Provence. It is the main grape known in the US and Israel as Petite Sirah with over 90% of the California plantings labeled "Petite Sirah" being Durif grapes; the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms recognizes "Durif" and "Petite Sirah" as interchangeable synonyms referring to the same grape. The grape originated as a cross of Syrah pollen germinating a Peloursin plant. On some occasions, Peloursin and Syrah vines may be called Petite Sirah, usually because the varieties are extremely difficult to distinguish in old age.

The 'petite' in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine, which is particularly vigorous. The leaves are large with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters that can be susceptible to rotting in rainy environments. The small berries creates a high skin to juice ratio which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period. In the presence of new oak barrels the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.

Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic with firm texture and mouth feel. The bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, with plum and blackberry flavors on the palate. Compared to Syrah, the wine is noticeably more dark and purplish in color. The wines are very tannic with aging ability that can eclipse 20 years in the bottle.


WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!


California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Central Valley

The Central California Winegrowers (Official site) | Central Valley (California Wine Institute)


Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission | Lodi District Grape Growers Association

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