Caymus Napa Cab 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.

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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
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4.50 5
02/01/2011

- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


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: 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: krisee
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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 Napa Cab

External Review
09/27/2011

When first poured, this is tight and severe, its scents of rose hips, raspberry and blackberry jam not enough to fill the youthful structure and green, hot finish. But give it plenty of time in the glass and the expansive nature of the wine takes hold, filling the green tannins with black licorice, overcoming the substantial alcohol with grand and supple fruit. And there's a lasting soil character that emerges to lend it distinction, all carried along with a surprising agility for the huge scale of the wine. It's a bold cabernet, a Napa Valley classic.


External Review
05/18/2011

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 approachable now and sure to improve for several years. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
09/27/2011

Napa Valley standard, this cabernet hits the mark with a deep color and subdued scents of cassis. Its round, ripe black cherry flavor completely fills out the smooth, chocolate-textured tannin. Oak enriches the finish, making this ready to enjoy at a steakhouse at the close of a long-negotiated deal.


External Review
09/27/2011

This vintage from Caymus is harder edged than riper years of the past. There's plenty of black cherry and berry jam flavor, but it's wound tight, prickly, definitely firm. the tannins taste of bitter almonds, of fresh green herbs. As the fruit gathers those flavors into its own warmth, it should prove a satisfying red.


External Review
09/27/2011

Intense, complex and concentrated, with a vibrant stack of flavors built around currant, blackberry and wild berry, with pretty oak nuances on the finish, along with ripe, firm tannins. Excellent sample.


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
05/18/2011

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (100% Cabernet Sauvignon, now bottled earlier than in the past) exhibits an inky/blue/purple color in addition to sweet aromas of cassis, graphite, licorice, tobacco leaf and toasty oak. Bold, flamboyant and opulent, it should drink well for 15+ years. From one of Napa Valley's historic winemaking families, these are two very strong back to back vintages for Caymus. The good thing about these two cuvées is that they are widely available as nearly 20,000 of each were produced.


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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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