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Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2009
Editorial Reviews for Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection
Sweet and gingery on the nose with a classic modern Napa Cabernet profile that shows plenty of candied black cherry fruit and lots of coffee-toned oak. Smells a bit spoofy. Smooth, polished and extracted in the mouth with lots of black fruit framed by notes of chocolate, licorice, and toast. Fine grained tannins nicely match the density of fruit here, and in its style it's quite good if quite hot, particularly on the finish. 88pts
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The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuveacute;e 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. From one of Napa Valleyrsquo;s historic winemaking families, these are two very strong back to back vintages for Caymus. The good thing about these two cuvees is that they are widely available as nearly 20,000 cases of each were produced.
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.
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.
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 Valleyrsquo;s historic winemaking families, these are two very strong back to back vintages for Caymus. The good thing about these two cuveacute;es is that they are widely available as nearly 20,000 of each were produced.
A barrel sample of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection offers terrific fruit intensity and purity, a more laid-back style, a meaty, chewy texture, and impressive opulence as well as length. It should evolve for 10ndash;15 years.
Beautiful wine, lush and soft in the style of this warm vintage. Itrsquo;s immediately enjoyable for the wealth of cherries, blackberries and raspberries, with a decadent edge of melted milk chocolate. Oak adds extra dimension of smoky vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and gingerbread. Those who think they donrsquo;t like red wine will enjoy. Hard to tell if it has the stuffing for the long haul, but itrsquo;s gorgeous now and for the next six years.
A superb Cabernet thatrsquo;s ripe, plush and deeply concentrated, with tiers of currant, plum, blackberry and spicy, cedary oak. Firmly tannic, lively and deep, revealing extra flavor nuances on the long, engaging finish. Best from 2008 through 2013.
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