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Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
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Wine Details

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.

Beautifully crafted, rich, intense and powerful, yet supple, graceful and polished, offering a generous core of spicy blackberry, black licorice, wild berry and light cedary notes. Full-bodied and expressive.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2009 Vintage) Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

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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..

    almost 6 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."

    almost 3 years
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    Black fruit and black pepper on the nose. On the palate, black currant, dark red plum, black pepper. Nice long finish with mild cocoa? Really smooth and silky texture.

    over 2 years
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    cassis, rich full smooth

    almost 5 years
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    dark red fruit, slight/light pepper taste, cedar and chocolate finish, with fine tannins

    almost 5 years
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    Fragrant bouquet, very smooth with a touch of spice. Absolutely delicious!

    over 5 years
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    dark red fruit, bell pepper, cedar and chocolate with fine tannins

    about 5 years
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    underlining ultra smooth, currents, berries and light pepper.

    almost 5 years
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    with Ken and Andy Kaplowitz @ nick and sams.

    almost 6 years
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    Davidwhitewolf

    slightly peppery, smooth, mild finish

    over 5 years
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    cassis, coffee, vanilla unbelievable

    about 5 years
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    Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, etc

    almost 2 years
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    Steak house in Dallas

    over 5 years
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    Shit is fiya

    4 months
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    too supple

    over 5 years
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    wow

    over 1 year
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • 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 Advocate
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/06