Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
from Napa Valley, California
The 1994 vintage of this wine was ranked #9 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997
Caymus has long been one of the standard bearers for silky, yet powerful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. In a great vintage, they can be spectacular, and the 2009 is one of the best vintages we've tasted since the legendary 2004. This brand new release has yet to be rated, but when it does, watch out – the scores are bound to be high. Wine Spectator rated the 2009 vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94-97 points.
James Laube in Wine Spectator writes about the 2009 vintage, stating: "Napa's biggest money grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, enjoyed the same ideal growing conditions until October, when a pair of strong storms dumped enough rain to worry growers. Those who picked before the storms were excited about the young wine's color, flavor, acids and tannins. But those who waited out the deluge faced a mixed bag. One of the wineries that gambled was Caymus, which saw both sides of the coin.
Scarlet color and brackish edges. Nose is sweet fruit and smoked meats. This wine already has some bouquet- truffle mushrooms, vanilla style oak. The palate is creamy richness with nuances of leather and a cocoa-style fine grain tannin. The flavors and structure of this vintage are consistent with the Caymus style - spice, toast, cassis - fully rich, yet supple.
"A flashy, opulent Cabernet. You could even call it sexy. It's so soft and luxurious in blackberry, blueberry and cassis flavors. Absolutely delicious by any standard, yet the dry structure maintains elegant balance. Drink soon for youthful drama. Hard to believe production was nearly 72,000 cases."
"Supple and creamy-textured, with mocha, ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of tobacco, espresso and underbrush. Full-bodied, gaining tannic traction on the finish, elegant and readily approachable. Drink now through 2018."
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
Incredible wine. VERY drinkable now, and then some. So soft, sooth, velvety....have not had every vintage from Caymus, but who needs to with 2009?
Smooth & Supple
- Huntington Station, NY (read all my reviews
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