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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 91433)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 39 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Aromas of sweet bing cherry and ripe, lush plum. The opulent sweetness of peak-season, fully-ripe fruit brings about abundant yet soft tannins. The core of this wine is a silky and amiably rich, textured base, with a pure Napa Valley Cabernet focus.

Over the years we have found that one of the best methods for achieving a friendly character in the bottle is to blend wines possessing different attributes – combining top-quality fruit from several microclimates in our small yet diverse Valley. Using about 25% mountain fruit offers an opaqueness and structure that enriches the sweet fruit of the Valley floor. Such blending is an important part of Caymus Cabernet and its rich yet accessible character.

2005 produced a Cabernet Sauvignon of contemporary potential, saturated with dark color and big, ripe fruit.

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About Caymus:

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).