2008 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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973 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 2006 Vintage) 2006 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley"Ripe, spicy, fleshy and intense, with a rich mix of earthy, loamy currant, herb and black cherry fruit that's focused and persistent." Barrel tasting: 92-94pts JLAl's Note:(1) Even though the cost of the wine has gone up, we are holding our bottle price at $64.95, the lowest price on the internet.(2) The last eight vintages have garnered rave reviews and 90-95 ratings from Wine Spectator.(3) We can hold the wine here in our temperature controlled warehouse until heat subsides.This is a California Wine

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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

    almost 4 years
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    Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, etc

    6 months
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    Steak house in Dallas

    about 4 years
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    Shit is fiya

    6 months
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    too supple

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2006 Vintage) "Full-blown, ripe and rich, with intense and sharply focused dried currant, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's still fairly tannic at this stage. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 33,900 cases made. - JL"
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2005 Vintage) "A showy young wine that's smooth, rich and concentrated. Delivers firm, intense yet supple layers of currant, cedar, toasty, cedary oak and tannins that firm up, offering hints of mineral, sage and dusty berry. Best from 2009 through 2013. 32,344 cases made."
  • 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 Spectator
    (From 1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1995 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/98.