2004 Cameron Hughes Priorat Lot 49

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Community Tasting Notes (53) Avg Score: 90.1 points

  • last bottle of this and what I think was one of CH more interesting offerings. It shows no sign at all of falling apart. grippy with still robust fruit and nice structure, this can last daresay improve over the next five years.

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  • Consistent with my last tasting note...funny i wanted to age 2 - 5 and I went 10. Oh well...still young and integrated. can go longer but not sure it will improve.

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  • this wine threw some serious sediment. decanted several hours. fruit, well balanced, today i'm finding the fruit restrained, possibly tight, with still considerable tannins.

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  • Really great. Blackberries jump out of the glass. Still moderately tannic the first night. Second night it had smoothed out more with the fruit still well presented.

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  • Overnight decant, drinking great. Lovely red fruit

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  • 24 hr decant. This wine has thrown some serious sediment.
    nose - sweet oak, blueberry
    mouth - still a monster. a serious whallop of fruit on the attack, followed by a long juicy and frankly acidic finish.
    The back end may be slowly gaining the upper hand here. yet luscious complex fruit when you can focus on it. With this
    bottle it's more a question of balance. still unreal QPR. Try again 2014 with half day decant.

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  • The wine is a deep ruby red color. The slightly rustic nose has cherries, raspberries, dried herbs, crushed stone minerals, baking spices, and earthy underbrush. This has medium body, fairly solid tannins and good acidity. This is in a nice place today with some air, but additional cellar time will be rewarded.

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  • Lots of big dark fruits with loads of secondary flavors but still a bit too tannic right now. Will be 90 plus when it comes together

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  • Maybe due to bottle variation or age, but not great tonight. Started smelling like excessive VA, but that did blow off after awhile. Maybe I'll see how this is doing on Day Two.

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  • This one was a bit tannic. Some nice bottles out of the batch that were perfectly evolved but this definitely could have used more time. Loads of rich flavors as with past bottles but not balanced and integrated.

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  • decanted for 24 hours (i have finally learned my lesson)
    nose - blueberry, blackberry, coffee, wood varnish
    mouth - a big mouthful of dark fruits all get crushed at once in mouth on the first sip. Whoa. Then nice tart blueberries on the midpalate, followed by big moutcoating tannins. This wine way over delivers. Am I reading into it too much or just flat out making stuff up but after missing the 90pt mark by the WA, Joan Simo Sentius decided to declassify their wine already in bottle and good old Cameron swept in to make this wine available for twenty buck a bottle, and later less than that on closeout (because, what?, people only wanted to buy cabs?) Oh my this is a fruit bomb with class, and life to go at least ten more years. I am going to have a mighty hard time keeping my hands off the remaining bottles. But seriously, do yourself a big favor and decant this for at least half a day.

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  • Luckily we had a few key elements for the evening. People, time, food, and wine. Because we had people and time, we were able to open 8 wines last night. This is a wine that needs time to decant. Very tight in the beginning of the evening, it evolved quite nicely through the evening. Blackberry, blueberry, mineral, and a hint of dirt and smoke. In the mouth, it opened up nicely through the evening and needed every bit of 4 hours to open up. Finally after a few hours the wine rounded out and had some good texture.

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  • Well balanced flavors, deep color, medium-full bodied, extremely nice finish that drifts perfectly into food or conversation. Definitely the time to drink this one!

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  • Had it over several days with several meals. Deep purple, threw tons of sediment. Overripe, plonky fruit, muddled and imbalanced with bland, chewy tannins. Either this is a bad bottle or the wine is far past its peak. For cooking only at this point.

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  • This wine has come together nicely. Beautiful raspberry, blackberry, cedar, tobacco, dark chocolate. Medium-full bodied, perfect balance. It may be at it's peak, it's certainly drinking beautifully now.

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  • Oak and grape tannins starting to come together but still needs another year. An absolute powerhouse ready to explode given the time. Big bold black and blue fruit with some milk chocolaty oak flavors dominate this wine. I had one I drank prior that prematurely aged due to cork issues, but once the tannins soften this will be 90+

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  • Spectacular...with various floral/darkberry + anise/spice/wood on it's huge Nose. You just sit and smell for an experience...wow. Blend of five varieties: Grenache 48%, CabSav 15, Merlot 15, Syrah 12, Carignan 10. Pairs well with the German music group, Lesiem and other fine things.......... How do I know it's a 94? My beautiful wife is difficult to impress when it comes to wine. She said, "This is really fine wine..." I have to work hard to impress her.... but what a wonderful project!

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  • Dark garnet color. The nose is an interesting balance of red fruit and leather-oak notes. Certainly more advanced than my last bottle 2 1/2 years ago. The fruit is showing it's age a bit and the oak is more integrated. Still some nice red raspberry with some leather and a little dark chocolate on the palate. Seems a little muted, but it's nicely balanced and attractive. I'm not sure if maybe it's already declining or just in an awkward period of development, but it's not showing off the raw materials that seemed to be there in the earlier bottles.

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  • Decanted for 90 minutes. Beautiful luxurious color, and such a pleasurable bouquet: blue, red and black berries!! No heat evident on the nose. As with my previous tasting, still a bit acidic but the tannins were fine and the finish was relatively long and quite pleasant. This wine benefited from drinking with food rather than alone. I’m sorry this is my last bottle - would’ve liked to try another in six months...

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  • Nice dark blue fruit. Blackberry, blueberry. Oak tannins have mellowed but still some firm grape tannins in this bottle. Progressing nicely, but will try and wait another 6 months before popping another one. Very big fruity style.

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  • A bit better than 1st bottle. Dark fruit, fennel and earth on the nose. A hint of balsamic. More of the same on the palate with sweet fruit winning up front and fennel on the finish. Seamless with a beginning, middle and end. The tannins are very intense, though quite refined. Acid in balance. Bold and intense flavors, definitely a BBQ or steak sort of wine. I don't mind the tannins as they aren't bitter to my taste, but this will be the deciding factors if you want to drink now or hold. This is an outstanding QPR, a real wine showing great regional character.

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  • Tasted this over at my neighbor’s home (we split a case of Cameron Hughes wines, including one each of the Priorat: mine’s still in the cave). I had tempered my expectations based on many of the postings I had read. What a pleasant surprise! This wine had a noteworthy nose - cherries and berries and leather and earth. The color was a dark, dark ox blood red. The flavor was bright with dark, red and blue berries - with a slightly acidic, tart quality. The tannins were very well behaved but evident at the finish. I’m really looking forward to opening my own bottle soon.

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  • Still needs lots of air.

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  • Been a couple weeks actually, but wanted to get something in. Still huge amount of tannins and feels a couple years away. Both oak and grape tannins dominate the palate. But after much air time and a couple days in the bottle you get big soft tannins. Lot's of dark fruit, blackberry and blueberry. Still over a case left, so I'll try another one later this year and seriously decant. Could be a 92-93 point wine when ready.

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  • Prima Priorato; 1/7/2010-1/8/2010: 24 hour decant. massive dark fruit, very juicy, good acidity, and a dry dry finish. tannins on the back end are a bit bitter. at $17-20 its a wicked QPR esp for priorato. Deserves food, or perhaps should just sit for a while.

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  • Tannic and very tight, despite 6 hours of decanting. Will try my other bottles in 3 years.

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  • very tannic, re-visit in 5 years

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  • decanted 48 hrs
    nose - blackberry, black cherry, sweet oak
    mouth - rich dark fruit, very bold fruit forward, sill massive tannins after 48 hours. My dad found it on the inky side. Probaby more heavily extracted than it really needed to be. Will it mellow with time - that is the question...

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  • Cork marked "Joan Simo Sentius." My first Priorat. Poured through Vinturi and decanted for an hour. Big black fruit and cedar on the nose. Lush mouthfeel with tart, macerated blackberries, leather, and oak leading to mineral flavors on the mid-palate and finish. Great value.

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  • Showing best at 48 hours

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  • Big dark fruit with plums, blackberry and minerals. Nice full body and good long finish

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  • Double passed through the vinturi. mouth amazing blackberry and super dry. good minerality. profound tannins. Wacky QPR

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  • nose - already showing a great mature type aroma, slightly reminiscent of an aged Bordeaux. Mouth - at first very full bodied and fruity, and then the fruit drops off and you svaor this very nice minerality on the midpalate, followed by well integrated tannins. This has already improved over the past 1 year. At 17$, its a flat out steal.

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  • Dark reddish/purple, almost black in color. Lot's of plum, black licorice and espresso on the nose. Getting blackberry and cherry also on the palate. Alcohol is a little hot on the back end. These tasting notes are after leaving 2/3rds of a bottle left over from the night before.

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  • Decanted this 8 hours before drinking. Black wine, muted woodsy nose and mellow black fruit palate. This appears to be a variation of Cellar Joan Simo's Les Sentius blend: www.winereader.com/wines/priorat1.html

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  • Raspberry and black currant nose. Raspberry, cherry attack. Earthy mid-palate. Long finish with leather, tart cranberry, vanilla, pickle juice. Very tart, dry and tannic finish. This wine should be able to age for at least 5 more years.

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  • Brooding and disjointed out of the bottle. VA (acetic acid/vinegar) was very aggressive. After 2 hours of decanting things really came together. Still some VA, but better in balance. Aggressive berry and sweet Bretty leather on the nose. Eventually there's a hint of some pepper. Extremely concentrated wine. Tannins are not overwhelming, but are persistent and drying on the finish. Good acidity is there to balance the intensity of sweet fruit. The finish became very nice once fully decanted.

    Quite similar to an old vine Zin, but with some rustic qualities that add complexity once the wine comes into focus. Very interesting wine. If it attains some elegance with bottle age, it'll be amazing. Try again in another year or two.

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  • Biggun! Believe the hype. This is highly concentrated, dark tart fruits, raspberry and blueberry, coffee, roasted brisket, sweet and saline and a hint of mint. The gynormous, drying tannins demand your attention - but I suspect when they die down after a day or two, this wine will blossom. Cameron Hughes brings the QPR thunder - I can't believe there aren't 100 other domestic negociants trying this model, it really delivers the value. Day 2: It still has pounding tannins, but the fruit is shining through more - and the nose is explosive, verging on artificial but not quite. Fun wine.

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  • Wow...needs 2-5 years...and will get much better with age. Rating reflects potential not current drinking state! Cork reads "Joan Simo Sentius"....
    First day...this is a concentrated messy stew of brewing flavors not ready for consumption. Deep cherry with dark purple edge color. Bleach nose hides core of cherry and blueberry. Muted flavors of bleach, sea salt, cherry, blueberry. Strong tannins.
    Second day after vacuum pumped and left in fridge...Bleach cloak has evaporated. Much better integration and emergence of fruit (cherry and blueberry), spice, long strong (but smoother). Long tannic finish.

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  • Decanted and drank immediately. Quite dark in color. Presented pleasant, sweet fruit on the nose, which I'm guessing is primarily the grenache. This continued across the palate. But, there was an interesting mix of more earthy, leather flavors after the initial burst of fruit. This started as an 87-88 but after a couple of hours in the decanter, it made it's way up to an 89-90. I will decant the next one for an afternoon and give it a chance to shine.

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  • Decanted for 48 hours and then submitted for blind tasting with 4 other unknowns. Was unable to pick it out of the lineup, and guessed it to be a Syrah.
    Nose - rich dark fruit.
    Mouth - "tannic as all heck. Dark fruit. Oak influence not strong. Good acidity, well balanced"

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  • ok

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  • decanted for 8 hrs. I keep buying this wine, which i maintain is delicious and a very good priorat buy. Amazing nose. Dark and full bodied.

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  • Needs to be decanted for as long as you can wait. Intense, dark fruit that comes out with time. Very concentrated with blackberries and leather. Will last for quite some time and probably should let it age some

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  • Apparently this is none other than the 2004 Joan Simo Sentius (given away by the cork). Decanted for a few hours. The nose is bold and in your face - dark fruits and flowers, roasted meat and coffee. Very full bodied, the tannins overwhelm at first and I reinforce my previous observation that the wine truely benefits from an overnight decant. If you can get beyond the tannins, you see a world of dark rich ripe juciy fruit, roasted meat, and cofee notes. Puckering. Amazing value.
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    After 24 hr decant shared with my dad. I distinctly smelled catsup, or as my dad pointed out very ripe tomatoes marinated in vinegar. Went well with feta cheese. Still with powerful tannins even at this stage.

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  • I learned my lession from the last bottle and decanted for a full 24 hours. I seriously underestimated this wine on my last go 'round. It is one of the best fullest reds I have had period. Good grief! - A massively concentrated juicy lush dark berry/fruit explosion followed by powerful tannins and good acidity. Wow! Well balanced with a long deep finish. Plenty of sediment in the bottom of the decanter. There is something about the odor & flavor profile (berries & leather) that makes me think its Spanish - could it possibly be aging in american oak? This is some high quality stuff at an exceptional price($20/btl). Only 600 cases. 48% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 10% Carignan. It will be interesting to see how some cellaring works out. As I range I would go 94-96 pts (so arbitrary). Who'd of thought I'd be cellaring Cameron Hughes wine. Never judge a book by its cover.

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  • I think this wine deserves better than a score today. It needs to sit for a few years. I decanted for 3 hours, and it was still tight on the nose, but a big, brawny palate-attackin' mutha. I did get oak, tar, leather, and black fruit, and I liked it. Heavy tannins, and I think in 5-7 years, I'll be laughing for having bought this.

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  • decanted for half an hour. Intense purple color. The nose is of purple felt pen, dark fruits, and roasted meat. The mouth is, well, dry and tannic. There is some dark fruit flavor back there, I just cant get at it. Recommend consuming with appropriate food. Or needs time in the cellar. Will have to re-eval after an overnight decant. Didn't realize that Cameron Hughes was sourcing global fruit. Initial Score-85.
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    sitting out open for >24hrs now.This has become much more enjoyable. The nose is still of purple felt pen, but I also get blackberry, leather, and mint. Full bodied with prominent dark fruits. Powerful tannins that may need some time to mellow out. However, I can appreciate this to be a full bodied very fruit forward wine. This is what they would call 'a big wine'. I am conisderably upgrading the score and will check it again tomorrow night. I would guess that it has the potential to get even better after some years of cellaring. I will recommend this to others (with an overnight decant) Score-89
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    open 48 hours. Now even better. Intense fruit with good back end acidity and smooth tannins. This bottling is a winner. I am slightly embarrased how much my score has changed over the past few days, but then again I dont think I have really ever appreciated a bottle evolve this well, and from no one other than Cameron Hughes. Great QPR. Will buy more decant/cellar and rerate.

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  • Intense, quite tart, tarry blackberry/raspberry flavors. Almost zinfandel-like but drier with more tar and less fruit.

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  • Oddly, this bottle seems more integrated than the one I had just 5 days ago. Still oak and raspberry on the nose, with some leather as well. On the palate, the sweet raspberry is spread over the oak and leather. The palate is moderately full, but it has very nice balance.

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  • Dark ruby red. The nose is not giving much at all. A little raspberry and oak. On the palate, the oak is very prominent, followed by a squirt of sweet raspberry on a background of leather and hint of black licorice. The tannins are very firm and astringent. It's a bit primal now, but with the structure and the fruit, I think this may come together nicely in a couple of years.

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  • a little tart

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  • Dark, heavy, and intense. Aromas of violets, tarry blackberries, fig, and black licorice. As it finishes, leather and tart strawberry come through. Full on the palate with a powerful, astringent mouthfeel. Likely to do well over the coming years. Excellent.

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