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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 45233)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A viticultural choice we made years ago at Caymus-to deliberately reduce our crop yields in order to increase concentration and intensity of flavors-put us well ahead of the curve going into the 1998 growing season. This vintage saw quite cool overall weather patterns for our region, and many vintners addressed that challenge by thinning their crops during the summer to give the grapes left on the vines their best chance to reach maturity. Our own crop reduction measures started at fruit set and continued through the season. As a result, while our yields were low even by our standards, we were very pleased with the quality of the fruit and especially its maturity level. For even more selectivity, we picked our Cabernet in several passes through the vineyards. For example, we harvested Cabernet from one of our small estate blocks on October 1, 3, 13, 14 and 23. We were rewarded with the dark color and deep, lush flavors that we always seek in our wine. Following fermentation, we aged the lots separately, selecting primarily new French oak barrels, for 24 months before blending. I'm very proud of this bottling, truly the result of pro-active farming throughout a season of difficult weather conditions. Tasting notes Color: Deep black-purple. Nose: Spicy, layered aromas mingling black currants (cassis) with rich blackberry liqueur-the classic identifiers of deeply ripe Cabernet. These fruit aromas mesh seamlessly with notes of roasted espresso beans as well as vanillin from the toasted oak. Mouth: The wine continues to evoke the ripe Cabernet flavors promised in the aroma, adding abundant, multi-dimensional flavors of blackberries and black licorice. The texture is dense, thick and mouth-coating, the tannins firm but sweet. Restrained notes of smoky oak enhance the flavor and texture without dominating. This is a generous wine with an exceptionally long finish. It should drink well for several decades.
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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).