2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L

  • CG 92
  • WE 92
  • WS 91

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CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, April 2012
Not the least bit shy about standing up to its big and pricey mate this nicely crafted wine shares a keen focus on the currant fruit that makes Napa Valley Cabernets so special. It also shares a drift into slight... Not the least bit shy about standing up to its big and pricey mate this nicely crafted wine shares a keen focus on the currant fruit that makes Napa Valley Cabernets so special. It also shares a drift into slight fleshiness and in this case shows greater willingness to be drunk up in the next five years even if keeping it longer is within its ability to age. Still with a somewhat more open stance and more inviting price this wine serves up lots to like while we wait for the Special Selection.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2012
A flashy opulent Cabernet. You could even call it sexy. It's so soft and luxurious in blackberry blueberry and cassis flavors. Absolutely delicious by any standard yet the dry structure maintains elegant balance. Drink... A flashy opulent Cabernet. You could even call it sexy. It's so soft and luxurious in blackberry blueberry and cassis flavors. Absolutely delicious by any standard yet the dry structure maintains elegant balance. Drink soon for youthful drama. Hard to believe production was nearly 72000 cases. S.H.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2011
Supple and creamy-textured with mocha ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of tobacco espresso and underbrush. Full-bodied gaining tannic traction on the finish elegant and readily approachable. Drink now... Supple and creamy-textured with mocha ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of tobacco espresso and underbrush. Full-bodied gaining tannic traction on the finish elegant and readily approachable. Drink now through 2018. 71690 cases made. -JL
JJB 92
Devon Magee - JJ Buckley, May 2011
With a lovely expressive nose the aromas are constantly evolving from blackberry to raspberry to kirsch framed by chocolate and floral accents. On the palate supple tannins and subtle wood notes add complexity to the... With a lovely expressive nose the aromas are constantly evolving from blackberry to raspberry to kirsch framed by chocolate and floral accents. On the palate supple tannins and subtle wood notes add complexity to the primary fruit. The texture is plush and velvety offering bright cherry plum and vanilla. This wine drinks beautifully now once decanted for an hour or two. Otherwise hold for at least a year and enjoy for the next 5-7.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2009

Label

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.

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.