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ProducerCameron Hughes (web)
VarietyPetite Sirah
DesignationLot 167
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 29 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by GMGnyc on 11/15/2012 & rated 88 points: nice but not showing much. smooth tannins, vanilla. would hold for a bit to see if anything extra shows up. but if you want to pop now, it is enjoyable, but not sublime. (1528 views)
 Tasted by Cobbster on 6/12/2012 & rated 92 points: Lovely nose of black cherry with hints of eucalytus; rich black fruit flavors. Wish I'd bought more. (1451 views)
 Tasted by Bandreas on 1/16/2012 & rated 86 points: Purple rim, deep and dark red at the center
Pepper, capsicum on the nose, softening at the end
On palate soft and round at first, then comes a firm tannin grip and a strong sensation on the palate. Well balanced, went well with the deer steak. (1524 views)
 Tasted by Zo65 on 1/14/2012 & rated 92 points: What a difference a year makes! Gorgeous nose, silky smooth. Ready now. Not overly tannic. One of the best CH deals to date. (1564 views)
 Tasted by dsgris on 11/20/2011 & rated 89 points: dark ruby, strong nose of cherry, blackberry. Dry, tannic, oak over shadows fruit at this point on the PnP. Bold red fruits of berries and currants, needs some time for the tannns to mellow, strong acids for balance, just a bit young, better with food. (1819 views)
 Tasted by markjahnke on 6/6/2011 & rated 87 points: Opened up for dinner tonight with Jeff Pitcher. Not a big petite fan, but this was better than others. Lots of back fruits. Formal notes to come later. (1168 views)
 Tasted by Acohen on 8/8/2010 & rated 90 points: Dark inky with dark blackberry fruit that stain your stain and show the depth of this wine. Needs to be decanted for a while and was better the second day, has a lot of years left to get better. (1549 views)
 Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 6/2/2010 & rated 90 points: 14.9% ABV. Pretty inky in the glass. Somewhat closed smelling, but with a little coaxing blackberry fruit and a touch of graham cracker. This smells like Petite Sirah. Full bodied with chewy tannins and black fruit. This bottle seemed a little more in need of time than the previous, but still not bad. (1780 views)
 Tasted by CRL Stc on 5/31/2010 & rated 90 points: Excellent PS. Inky purple in color with anose of dark fruit and spice. Long, long finish and pleasant tannins. Great effort. (1752 views)
 Tasted by Loweeel on 5/22/2010 & rated 88 points: Huge wine. Needs more time. Will blossom into a 91-92 pt wine. Rating is based on current enjoyment. Best to forget about this one for a few years. (2008 views)
 Tasted by JorgeH on 4/1/2010 & rated 83 points: Glass staining blood red. Nose is a bit muted with some mint, chocolate liquor and blueberry syrup. Some heat as well. In the mouth it's simple and, surprisingly, shows medium heft. The alcohol quite present on the nose is strangely non-obtrusive on the palate. But the finish is short and this one is just not terribly interesting. It started off better and declined with air. (1996 views)
 Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 3/24/2010 & rated 91 points: 14.9% ABV. Inky dark garnet in the glass. Reticent blackberry and spice. Maybe a hint of graham cracker. Rich with ripe black fruit. Pretty much full bodied with tannins that are soft but lend a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight tang and slightly grittier tannins. I've got leftovers to come back to, but this struck me as a nice wine and a pretty good value. (2033 views)
 Tasted by thalver on 2/26/2010: quite big and dense...some spiciness on the nose...pouring through an aerator, and ultimately, a good bit of decanting helped soften the tannins..oak showing through on the finish...the fruit seems to be in hiding today. (2093 views)
 Tasted by wineward on 2/5/2010 & rated 82 points: Popped and poured. A curious green peppermint on the nose. A distinct chocolate flavor...in fact, whatever the chocolate liqueur is...this wine has some in it. Odd. A little too funky flavor profile, for my taste, but not wrong or bad. (2088 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.

2007 Cameron Hughes Petite Sirah Lot 167

Vintage: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape: Petite Sirah
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
Production: 311 cases
Release date: January 19, 2010

Taste: Deep, inky-purple hue. Huge aromas jump from the glass right away. The nose exhibits blueberry compote, cassis, and nuances of sweet blackberries and currants. On the palate, bold fruit braces a huge structure as its full body prevails. The nice mid-palate coupled with the refined integrated tannins presents a beautifully rounded wine that displays exceptional elegance, especially for the Petite Sirah varietal. Decant before drinking or cellar up to 15 years.

Cameron Confidential: Within the same series of more prestigious wines that we have been producing, this wine comes from who's known as one of the most distinguished Petite Sirah producers in Napa Valley. This wine came to us from a small production, giving us only 350 cases. With Parker not scoring this wine under 90 points in many years, this normally $60 bottle is hands-down the best Petite Sirah that we have ever gotten our hands on. Not only does it come from one of the most renowned producers in Napa, but it is part of the fabulous 2007 vintage. Get this wine now folks...I wouldn't expect it to be around for very long.

Judging by the publicly-released information about the wine, it is probably from Robert Foley (e.g., Calistoga, the reknown, the price program, the parker ratings, the ABV). 2007 was a high-production year and they probably didn't want to release all the wine they could.

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.


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