2008 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
959 Ratings
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959 Ratings
2008 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Description

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 2009   Vintage) A flashy, opulent Cabernet. This wine is rich, full-bodied, and loaded with black chocolate, currants and cherry fruit. Notes of baking spices and tobacco add character to the finish. The rich, ripe tannins add incredible texture and depth.

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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.

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    Dark scarlet color and near opaque. Nose is assertive with a vibrant array of showy characteristics—cassis, vanilla, cranberry, French oak, coffee and potpourri. The palate of this wine shows ripeness of mature grapes, fruit impressions then expands to richness with fine gritty tannins. Abundant with layered flavors of brown spice, toasted oak, white pepper and creme de cassis— very rich yet harmonious and supple..

    over 4 years
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    The new vintage of Caymus Napa Cabernet is here! This is a beautifully perfumed, supple wine, drinking amazingly well considering how young it is. The wine will be available for shipment in July, but you can choose to ship your order up to 6 months later if you want to wait for cooler weather. Steven Tanzer in his International Wine Cellar called the 2008 vintage in Napa Valley for Cabernet a "very pleasant surprise. The low yields and vine stress made for small, deeply colored, highly concentrated grapes. Many cabernet producers in Napa Valley told me that the skins were rich in phenolic material and easy to extract... I particularly enjoy the immediate aromatic appeal of many of these wines—especially the floral and mineral tones that are not yet as widely evident in the generally denser and more serious 2007s. In retrospect, it may turn out that winemakers who got their fruit sufficiently ripe, yet made wines with a somewhat wider range of ripeness than usual, will have produced wines with atypical complexity."

    over 1 year
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    cassis, rich full smooth

    over 3 years
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    with Ken and Andy Kaplowitz @ nick and sams.

    over 4 years
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    cassis, coffee, vanilla unbelievable

    over 3 years
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    Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, etc

    5 months
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    Steak house in Dallas

    almost 4 years
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    Shit is fiya

    5 months
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    too supple

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 1998 Vintage) While its cassis-like fruit and loamy earth accents mark it clearly as varietal, and its pleasant oak sweetness brings it an extra bit of immediate attraction, this tasty, mildly tannic Cabernet is easy enough to like, but nowhere does it show the kind of depth or drama that might reasonably be expected by its inflated price. It has a little room for improvement, and, while it may not grow for decades, it should soften a touch and fill out just a bit with three or four years of age.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1994 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95
  • Wine News
    (From 2002 Vintage)