1979 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
980 Ratings
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980 Ratings
1979 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Description

(From 2008 Vintage) Open fruit, rich, lush and layered, serving up a complex mix of plum, blackberry, black licorice and spices. Full-bodied and supple-textured, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2003 Vintage) The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection offers up scents of licorice, black currants, spice box, and a hint of flowers. This deep, full-bodied, chunky 2003 should last for 13-15 years. Intense, complex and concentrated, with a vibrant stack of flavors built around currant, blackberry and wild berry, with pretty oak nuances on the finish, along with ripe, firm tannins. Excellent sample.

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Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1986 Vintage) "In the blind tasting, I first thought this was a Spanish wine given the intense, pain grillee, toasty oak, and vanilla aromas. After ten minutes some of the oak dissipated, allowing the wine's flamboyant blackcurrant fruit to emerge. Full-bodied, exceptionally concentrated, with a seamless, velvety texture, and a marvelously long, opulent finish, this 1986 Cabernet tastes like a jar of jam on the palate, with great purity and staying power. Although it appears to be fully mature, it will last fo...
  • Decanter
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Blackberry and damson fruit, roasted coffee beans. Bold flavours, rich and full bodied. Softly structured but balanced acidity giving freshness. Sensitive use of spicy oak, lush finish. Drink 2009-12.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 1999 Vintage) In some ways ahead of the aging curve expected of very young Cabernet, this latest release from Caymus is a big, rich, deeply fruited and downright luxurious wine whose outgoing nature and remarkable plushness exhibit a certain affinity to optimally ripened Merlot. Its loamy earth aspects and central themes of cassis tag is as wholly Cabernet, however, and the roughening qualities of late-arriving heat and tannins both belie its initial charms and suggest that a few years of age will make a good ...