This 2010 red is from Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap district, one of the Rolls Royce wine areas in California. It cost me $27 but routinely sells for $22-$25.
Nice to drink, with a very pleasing, medium-bodied mouthfeel — Cameron Hughes Lot 404 cab says “friendly” more than “serious”. The tannins are soft and unobtrusive. One extremely picky friend of mine was happy to sip her way through more than a glass. Make no mistake, this is a very solid red wine. To nitpick, there is not much definite aroma and the taste is hard to pin down — what flavors am I getting, exactly? I suppose I expect more complexity from a $25 bottle.
Which leads to the bottom line — the problem for me here is simply the price. If you aren’t concerned with that, I say, definitely buy this lovely red. At $16.99, I would be singing its praises from the mountaintops. But at over $22, Cameron Hughes Lot 404 cabernet is unfortunately: