Monday, January 11, 2021

Cameron Hughes Delivers Stylish DOCG Prosecco And Carneros Pinot Noir

Cameron Hughes Prosecco and Carneros Pinot Noir

Ready to add some spark to your evening, or maybe just need a good bottle for hunkering down? Here are two great picks.

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The train has pulled out of the station leaving the festive holiday season behind and is rumbling down the tracks toward months more of pandemic. It’s time to reach for another bottle while seeking out the light at the end of the tunnel. Here are two excellent choices.

Cameron Hughes Lot 738 Prosecco, Valdobbiadene DOCG, NV

One of the best values for sparkling wine is Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco from Italy. There’s a sea of sweet and insipid Prosecco out there, but if it has DOCG on the label that’s a mark of quality. That means someone actually tasted the wine and approved the quality. This sparkling wine comes from Glera grapes grown in the hills of Valdobbiadene, the home of stellar Prosecco.

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We enjoyed Lot 738 with a meal of tuna steak, quinoa, and roasted vegetables. The Prosecco is crystal in color with notes of white flower blossoms and citrus on the nose. The perlage is frothy, lending a great creamy texture. The bubbles are tiny and persistent. On the palate it has notes of lemon zest and green apple.

Cameron Hughes is a négociant, sourcing wine and reselling it direct to the consumer under their label at great savings. There were 750 cases were produced. The price is $15.

Cameron Hughes Lot 704 2018 Carneros Pinot Noir

Grapes for this Pinot Noir come from one of California’s top Pinot Noir regions: Carneros. The grapes are estate grown and the vines are 20- to 40-years old. We enjoyed this with a delicious roast turkey breast.

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Finding a Pinot Noir like this for $16 is a revelation. It has complex layers of dark cherry, cooking spices, herbs, and tobacco. Underlying acidity makes Pinot Noir a standout food wine, and Lot 704 displays a nice undercurrent that balances the flavors and the 14.5% ABV.

Cameron Hughes works with wineries that have excess wine and don’t want to deeply discount their own label. Cameron Hughes buys it, gives it a lot number and new label and resells it. This Pinot was priced at $35 from the parent winery, but Cameron Hughes (which cannot divulge the source) sells it at less than half price. We like deals like that – especially when they are so tasty.

Full disclosure: These wines were received as marketing samples.

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