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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Sp. Sel 2008

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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 92 points by California Grapevine and Wine Spectator, which wrote: Ripe and fleshy, with rich plum, wild berry, spice and savory herb notes that are complex, full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with firm tannins and a dash of espresso. Drink now through 2016.

Caymus Vineyards:
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner on the family's Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special Selection - from outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon lots  - was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabe... Read more
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner on the family's Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special Selection - from outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon lots  - was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon every year since its founding, and now focuses entirely on this variety. Read less

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Snooth User: Matt Walker
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1.50 5
08/02/2011

This may seem sacrilegious to say and I know many will disagree but I truly believe the 08 is a poor wine at $60 a bottle. Sure there were some nice flavors but it was super alcoholic and over extracted. Way out of balance. This would be a great wine (for those who like that style) for $30 or so but not $60. Try the 09, young but much more harmonious!

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Over priced

Snooth User: JonDerry
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4.00 5
01/28/2011

Sugar plum & currant, with spicy oak and chocolate. Savory, lingering finish that introduces some dried walnut and mild to medium tannins. A crowd-pleaser that could use a couple of years to integrate the oak but otherwise is drinking very well right now. 93 points.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
02/01/2011

- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
4.00 5
04/17/2011

Fruit forward, classic california cab. I am getting black fruits on the nose, plum, blackberry, black licorice. Full bodied and lush indeed. bottled at 15.2%! I would agree with WS on 93 pts.


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
4.00 5
06/16/2011

Color, this wine has a seductive ruby red color. Nose, this is really a fruit bomb, very powerful. There a LOT of black fruits going on here. Blackberry, black licorice, wild berry, toasty oak, some heat coming through, spices and there is a hint of vanilla from the oak. Midpalate, there is a heat component here, big and bold, full bodied, fills the mouth, toasty oak is still vibrant here (but not over the top). Finish, this wine has a pleasant long finish, smooth firm tannins, seductive sexy layers of black fruits dancing on my palate, black licorice, vanilla from the oak is still vibrant. This is indeed a classic california napa valley cab. Bottled at 15.4%. It is very well made and balanced. Even though it is still a baby now, it is still approachable. This wine shows that it has potential. It will easily age for 13 to 17 years. Good job, Caymus! This is a wine that you would pare with semi firm cheese and very good quality steaks. I am 93+ on this effort. You must seek it out. Happy drinking!


Snooth User: krisee
64845865
2.00 5
12/05/2010

This wine could be great with some age on it. Caymus may be in to big a rush to make wines available to the consumer. We let it breathe for about 3hrs. and I still felt like it was lacking the full potential of the fruit.


Snooth User: sufdog420
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2.50 5
03/24/2011

A crowd pleaser and very impressive for the money. When I have friends over and want a wine with a pleasing soft edge but pronounced Napa characteristic this is the one I let them experience. Current and tobacco, not overwhelming tartness that most of my friends expect. Great for the non connisseur and connoisseur.


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External Reviews for Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Sp. Sel

External Review
07/13/2010

Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Napa Valley and all other wine from Caymus Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
05/19/2011

Attractive creamy, toasty oak up-front, with supple currant and black cherry folding in beneath. Though it remains complex on the finish, it comes up shy in depth and added dimensions compared with previous vintages. Drink now through 2007. Grapes are from the sources normally used for the Special Selection, which was not made in '96.


External Review
05/18/2011

This is always one of California's better Cabernets, and the 1995 is certainly no exception. It has ripe, concentrated fruit, a long wraparound finish and great tannin-backed structure.


External Review
05/19/2011

Deep blood red. Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately tannic. lead pencil, cassis, mineral. Outstanding aromas are truly expressive. Rich tannins show exceptional balance with pure Cabernet fruit flavors persisting through the lengthy finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

Wow. This '95 Special Selection is a classic. Amazingly complex, it displays a wide range if flavors - including currant, wild berry, herb, sage, coffee and tobacco - gains in nuance, delicacy, elegance and finesse, and unveils pretty oak shadings on the finish. Drink now through 2000.


External Review
05/18/2011

Big, ripe, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, plum, black cherry, spice, cedary oak and a dash of vanilla. Picks up complex tobacco and coffee notes, and reveals even more flavor nuances on the finish. The texture is smooth and polished, finishing with a thick, plush core of tannins. Drinks well now but can age, too; best from 1999 to 2005. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
05/19/2011

Profoundly deep ruby color. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted and oaked. Moderately tannic. Cassis, chocolate, black cherries. Aromatic and flavorful in the mouth with a sense of depth and balance. Though extremely attractive now it should gain further complexity through mid term cellaring.


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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 92 points by California Grapevine and Wine Spectator, which wrote: Ripe and fleshy, with rich plum, wild berry, spice and savory herb notes that are complex, full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with firm tannins and a dash of espresso. Drink now through 2016.

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