1986 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WS 95
  • 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

Label

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

Caymus Vineyards was founded in Napa Valley by Charlie Wagner, his wife Belle Glos and their son Chuck in 1971. The first Caymus wine, 240 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, was released in 1972. Over the 45 years that followed, Caymus wine has become an icon of Napa Valley and production has grown to 65,000 cases.

Caymus Vineyards is still 100% family-owned. Much of their wine comes from estate vineyards, 350 acres in all, located throughout Napa Valley. The Caymus wine line-up includes Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus Napa Valley Zinfandel and their flagship wine, Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon.

The signature style of Caymus wine is based on ripe fruit and mouth-filling structure. The fine, Napa Valley weather allows grapes to hang on the vine into early Fall without risk. This extended ripening yields rich, jammy fruit and plush, melt-in-your-mouth tannins.

While Caymus wines are focused just on Napa Valley Cabernet and Zinfandel, the Wagner family has other wine labels too, including Mer Soleil, Emmolo and Conundrum, the latter a trend-setting white wine.