|Color & Type
Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons – a “Napa Valley” and the venerable “Special Selection”. 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.
Chuck Wagner has spent his life in the vineyards of Rutherford, near the center of Napa Valley, steering his family’s business from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Chuck was just 19 when he joined his parents in 1972 to create Caymus Vineyards, taking them up on their proposal to sell the home wines they had been making from grapes they grew on their property.
He and his father, Charlie, worked long days side by side, managing every part of the business. Both father and son believed in making wines with character, complexity and consistency. They embraced Napa’s unique climate and soil, helping to establish the region’s singular style and reputation for cabernet sauvignon. One of the family’s most exciting moments came in 1989, when Wine Spectator awarded them “Wine of the Year” for their 1984 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. Five years later, the magazine conferred the award again for their 1990 vintage, the only wine in the world to receive this honor twice.
Caymus is now part of the Wagner Family of Wine, which includes chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and merlot made by Charlie, Joey and Jenny, three of Chuck’s four children.