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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
6804463,576
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
07/06/2011

JS 98pts. - WS 94pts. - WA 94pts. - The next vintage from the legendary winemaker, the 2008 Caymus Special Select promises to bring more of the same great wine that we've come to expect year after year. You really need to jump on this sooner rather than later, because as we all know once a vintage is gone, there is no going back. Oh and almost forgot to mention the fantastic price!


External Review
09/27/2011

Substantial in size, this '04 emphasizes red fruit flavor that manages to retain balance and freshness on a grand scale. A meaty, crowd-pleasing cabernet to enjoy with equally huge lamb chops.


External Review
09/27/2011

Generous fruit builds out of this glamour wine, more about top-quality oak and fruit flavor that terroir. It's a fruit bomb, clean and luscious, poised and easy to enjoy. Yet it's also tight enough to put away for a few years, and may well develop complexity as it ages.


External Review
01/03/2012

Caymus is synonymous with great Napa Valley Cabernet. Its flagship Special Selection, opulent and lavishly oaked, is no stranger to our Top 100, earning the Wine of the Year distinction not once, but twice mdash; in 1989 with its 1984 vintage, and again in 1994 with its rsquo;90.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
08/19/2010

Winemaker's Notes:The new vintage of Caymus Napa Cabernet is here! This is a beautifully perfumed, supple wine, drinking amazingly well considering how young it is. The wine will be available for shipment in July, but you can choose to ship your order up to 6 months later if you want to wait for cooler weather.Steven Tanzer in his International Wine Cellar called the 2008 vintage in Napa Valley for Cabernet a "very pleasant surprise. The low yields and vine stress made for small, deeply colored, highly concentrated grapes. Many cabernet producers in Napa Valley told me that the skins were rich in phenolic material and easy to extract... I particularly enjoy the immediate aromatic appeal of many of these winesespecially the floral and mineral tones that are not yet as widely evident in the generally denser and more serious 2007s. In retrospect, it may turn out that winemakers who got their fruit sufficiently ripe, yet made wines with a somewhat wider range of ripeness than usual, will have produced wines with atypical complexity."Wine Spectator rated the 2008 vintage for Napa Cabernet 90-92 points, saying it "could be unique for its depth and concentration."Caymus Vineyards has made Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley since the winery was founded in 1972. Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner, his wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner built their winery among vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, a district long recognized for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignons.Charlie Wagner planted most of the Cabernet vines in the mid 1960s, before this variety was universally considered the "king" of Napa Valley wines. He acquired the loose-clustered, intensely flavored clone he planted from Nathan Fay, a well-known grower in the Stags Leap area. "I liked the character of Nate's wine, and he told me to help myself if I wanted some budwood," Charlie explained. "He was a generous man, and he knew I wouldn't injure his vineyard."For both the Napa Valley and Special Selection bottlings, the goal is a balanced wine that tastes delicious when bottled but can improve with age. Chuck Wagner attributes the quality of the wines to farming and winemaking techniques developed over the decades.


External Review
09/26/2013

Red wine - 2008 - Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml.


External Review
01/03/2012

This banner yearrsquo;s Special Selection is smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mocha, black cherry and wild berry, fairly gushing at midpalate. The finish is long, rich and intricate. Drink now through 2009.


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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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