2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • JS 98
  • WA 94
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93

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Reg: $179.94

$159.94

This product is
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JS 98
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
This is mind blowing on the nose with sweet tobacco chocolate cedar cigar box and licorice. Full bodied and round with a bright and velvety tannin structure. Starts off slow but then runs off. This is fabulous. Massive... This is mind blowing on the nose with sweet tobacco chocolate cedar cigar box and licorice. Full bodied and round with a bright and velvety tannin structure. Starts off slow but then runs off. This is fabulous. Massive finish. Delicious today but will get better with an extra 3 years in the cellar. 2013.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuvee to include Merlot (about 14%) in the blend. The Merlot component has given the wine a cocoa/chocolate nuance to its black currant... The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuvee to include Merlot (about 14%) in the blend. The Merlot component has given the wine a cocoa/chocolate nuance to its black currant licorice-infused fruit. The tannins are velvety soft and the wine is beautifully textured and full-bodied. It is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 years.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, February 2011
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 this is both... 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 this is both approachable now and sure to improve for several years. Drink now through 2020. -J.L.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
Bright full medium ruby. Black raspberry bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose. Lush sweet concentrated and mouthfilling; not nearly as porty as the basic cabernet with seamless dark fruit flavors showing more... Bright full medium ruby. Black raspberry bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose. Lush sweet concentrated and mouthfilling; not nearly as porty as the basic cabernet with seamless dark fruit flavors showing more energy and depth than the regular bottling. The finish is smoothly tannic chocolatey and very long. Like a liquid confection even at this early stage: this really saturates the mouth. This is so sexy now that it's hard not to wonder whether the wine's potential flavor complexity has been compromised by its uncanny early sweetness. But it certainly has the stuffing to age.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, September 2010
Super dark inky opaque ruby with a dense red rim. The nose becomes more and more expressive as the wine is allowed to breathe. Very pure and very concentrated the essence of black cherry and cassis layers with other black... Super dark inky opaque ruby with a dense red rim. The nose becomes more and more expressive as the wine is allowed to breathe. Very pure and very concentrated the essence of black cherry and cassis layers with other black and blue fruits dark chocolate and a big dollop of blackberry jam. A hint of licorice on the nose becomes is more expressive on the palate. The wood component reveals itself at the very end and combines with the fruit core and fine plush tannins to produce a solid lengthy finish. As expected the 2008 Special Selection is a tooth-staining wine capable of evolving for at least a decade.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2008

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.