Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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.
Wine Enthusiast - "This extraordinary wine possesses an enormous wealth of black cherry, blueberry, cassis and espresso flavors, wrapped in fine, well-toasted oak. Has that rare quality of elegance, in which all the parts work together in harmony. Thoroughly dry, it's marked by a firm, astringent tannic structure now, but is a certain cel lar candidate. "
Wine Spectator - "Open fruit, rich, lush and layered, serving up a complex mix of plum, blackberry, black licorice and spices. Full-bodied and supple-textured, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes. Drink now through 2018."
As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage). View all Caymus Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.5 }div>4.6 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 12
- 4 Stars: 4
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 0
18 ratings, 5 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL51/24/2011
Beautiful ruby-red color; Great nose with red berries, lush fruit, toasty vanilla, some floral notes and spicy oak - subtle, not overpowering; Very smooth on the palate. . sweet tannins to match the fruit...structured & well balanced. The wine really opened up after about an hour of decanting; Long, lingering finish (I literally didn't want to swallow!!). Great to drink now - great alone - exceptional with food!! Will only get better with age! Caymus never disappoints..has always been, and will always be, one of my absolute favorite Cabs!Steven H Schwartz - Santa Monica, CA52/25/2011Providence76 - San Diego, CA53/11/201239/21/2011Brian Katz - Anaheim, CA58/17/201146/15/2011Big Napa cab with such a nice nose I just inhaled it. Bold flavors of fruit and still so smooth. Just wanted to hold it in my mouth to savor. One of my favorites at this price point.111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA44/8/2011
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This is a very good bottle of wine. It is very fruit forward and classic california cab. On the nose, I am getting black fruits, plum, blackberry, black licorice. It has a ripe nose. Midpalate, there are many layers of ripe fruits going on. Finish, this wine has firm, silky, and sexy tannins. It lingers in your mouth. It is well made and balanced. Full bodied and lush indeed. Bottled at 15.2%! Even though this wine will clearly evolve in the next 10 to 12 years, it will surprise you with its youth. I would agree with WS on 93 pts. Happy drinking!45/23/201155/8/201155/8/201155/7/2011philip lee - Yorba Linda, CA45/5/2011Derrick L - Vienna, VA54/22/2011gustavo - Reston, VA54/20/2011best wine everhypemnd - Dallas, TX54/7/2011BOOTS - Greensboro, NC53/28/2011Lawrence Doyle - Sterling, VA51/4/2011Yum, Yum
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- Cheese > Semi-Firm
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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