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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 80872)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $195.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 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
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
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 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:

"In this vintage, the combination that showed what I consider the best characteristics of the vintage for Cabernet—rich yet rounded, extracted yet fully evolved, immediately appealing yet full of promise for the future—came from our estate vineyard in Rutherford and two other valley floor vineyards where we have given very close attention to viticulture choices that boost fruit intensity, especially clonal selection and vine density, in recent years. The result is very rewarding to me: an authoritative wine with great staying power but a compelling sweetness of character." - Chuck Wagner

The rich, dark-ruby color of this wine offers a promise of the depth to come. Aromas and flavors of sweet, fully ripe black currants form the "big heart" of this wine, with notes of mocha/chocolate, black cherry, anise and spice interweaving seamlessly, first in the nose and then more explosively in the mouth. The texture is surprisingly velvety and supple for a wine of this extraction and density, attesting to the fine grain of the tannins and the balance of fruit and oak. The finish holds pure and true for long minutes, the impression of ripe fruit lingering to the end.
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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).