1986 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

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  • WA 94

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WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 1996
This remains a remarkably complex and flavorful wine but now it's elegant and refined as well with polished tannins. Classic Caymus in that it stretches the flavors with a range that goes from herb and tea to ripe plum... This remains a remarkably complex and flavorful wine but now it's elegant and refined as well with polished tannins. Classic Caymus in that it stretches the flavors with a range that goes from herb and tea to ripe plum and cherry. Finishing with a long complex aftertaste and still enough tannin to carry it another decade or more.--1986 California Cabernet horizontal. -JL
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1996
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... 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 for another 10-15 years. This impressive sweet creamy exotic and flamboyant wine merits the praise it has received.The tasting notes for this section are from two single blind tastings one conducted in May 1996 in California and the other in June 1996 in Baltimore.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1986

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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family, produced under the guidance of Chuck Wagner. Made from the very best barrels of the vintage, the wine is not produced in difficult vintages.

Its distinctive aromas and flavors are achieved through “hang time” – leaving the fruit to hang on the vine unusually long to develop suppleness, increase color, and mature the tannins of the grapes.

Winery

Caymus

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.