1999 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley1 Rating
1999 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Wine.comThe color of the Caymus 1999 is a deep opaque ruby. The classic nose gives aromas of ripe, pure black currant (cassis) and black fruit (the characteristics we prize in Napa Valley Cabernet) with compelling notes of clove, toasted hazelnuts, and espresso-roast coffee beans. Subtle secondary notes of vanilla and toasty oak then fold in. The taste is a core of deeply extracted, lush berry fruit underpins the wine during its evolution in the mouth as other flavor layers emerge: bittersweet cocoa, creamy vanilla, cedar and a light touch of mint. The fruit and oak tannins are beautifully knit, reinforcing the overall impression of sweetness. The finish is long and deeply flavored, carrying through the layers of berry and spice notes predicted in the aromas.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIn 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 ...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarBright red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, bitter cherry, tarry oak and bitter chocolate. Juicy flavors of blackberry, redcurrant and spicy oak, with a slightly dusty note of coffee grounds. Nicely balanced wine with good texture and decent concentration.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 88 (average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: too young, let it sit<br/>