Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Over forty years ago, Charlie and Lorna Wagner embarked on an incredible journey with their son Chuck - starting a family winery in the center of Napa Valley. Now in its third generation, Caymus continues to produce world class Cabernet Sauvignon.
"This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage—deep color, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon."
- Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker
The Wine Advocate - "They appear to be immune to some of winedom’s less than intelligent trends and fads that we see from time to time, and the result is a spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary offering. Its dense purple/black color is followed by copious quantities of crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity as well as length. This full-bodied effort is a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family. It is so good now, why wait? However, I’m sure that like most vintages of Caymus, it will last for 20-25 years. Amazing! "
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "I was almost there since the beginning. I started my Caymus Cabernet voyage with the absolutely outstanding 1973 vintage! (The winery's first vintage was 1972). The 2012 is super rich and almost silky on the palate; ripe and rounded, with the sweet accent of oak; tannins are sweet and long. Lovely from start to finish. I would ask for the fattiest part of rib-eye of beef now. (Best Served: 2014-2025)"
Wine Spectator - "Lavishly oaked, with creamy mocha, vanilla, cedar and anise notes at the edge of a rich core of dark berry, plum and black licorice flavors. Tight, focused and persistent, showing a seductive character."
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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.
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16 ratings, 12 with reviewsBill Epi - Darien, CT38/20/2014
I’m a die-hard Caymus lover and have been collecting and drinking both the Caymus Napa and Special Selection for some 27 years. I've had the opportunity to taste the 2012 Caymus Napa cabernet on several occasions and am seriously unimpressed. I've summarized my reactions with the following points: 1) No one who knows Caymus could ever state the 2012 Napa cabernet is in any way “classic” or “typical.” Really now! This wine tastes like no Caymus I’ve ever experienced. 2) While smooth, I find it much lighter than usual in body, shallow in complexity and seriously lacking tannin. 3) The drinking experience is unsophisticated at best --- lacking in body, complexity and depth of character. As such, I can't imagine how age will improve this wine. 4) One prominent taste I get from this wine is a strong flavor of VANILLA !! 5) In my educated Caymus opinion, the 2012 Napa cabernet is a disappointment, made more apparent given it's from a vintage considered otherwise strong across Napa. It’s no wonder ---- they increased quantity and decreased price for this wine --- that might say it all. 6) I can't find any professional reviews as of date of this note, and I can't say I'm surprised. As we all know, when the big wine critics are unimpressed with a particular vintage of an otherwise favorite wine, they tend to conveniently skip reviewing the offending vintage. While I’m eager to read their reactions --- their silence is deafening. In summary, I consider this a Caymus to be avoided. I suggest you invest your "cabernet dollar" elsewhere.The Mad Uke - Chicago, IL37/15/2014
- Light & Fruity
Anyone openly gushing over this wine, I really don't understand your fervor. Without question - this liquid needs years in the bottle. Don't touch until 2017 at the earliest. My real problem here how this vintage has been relentlessly promoted...the whole 40th Anniversary hype. Allegedly it's a very special wine, a gift to the world, yet it hit the market at a discount, and cases of it have flooded the market floors. Even places that rarely feature Caymus have it openly displayed. As a Somm in a Detroit steakhouse recently told me, "Something's not quite right here." After cracking a bottle, suspicions were confirmed. Too good to be true. Aging is seriously required here, and with fingers crossed. The offering is thin. There is barely any nose. There is minimal depth. As we speak, Caymus-40 is a $20 wine cloaked in $80 trumpeting. It might be a beauty someday, but not now. Let's talk in 2017.mmatlock - Helotes, TX47/1/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Way too young; I should have waited to even open one bottle. That said, it was good but it will be substantially better in years to come. I'm sure it will be five stars in 2018.Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA45/1/2014
- Big & Bold
So, so rich and so ripe, this is a red wine for those love powerful and satiny Cabernets. Made from one of Napa Valley's top vintages, the wine actually drinks pretty well now, if served with grilled ribeye of beef. Pleasingly rounded in the aftertaste.MGold - Poway, CA56/3/2014
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Fruit forward wine that is very enjoyable now. Excellent long finish. Very approachable for new red wine drinkers. I suspect that professional wine reviewers will be taken aback by how jammy and fruit forward this Cab is.Dr J. - Hollywood, FL512/13/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
The Caymus 2012 is an amazing wine. It is powerful, yet has very smooth and luscious tannins. It is full of fruit, with a very strong backbone - you can drink this now, or likely cellar for many years to come. I would buy as many as you can get your hands on. I can't wait for the release of the 2012 Special Selection!jpmo - Rockville, MD511/2/2014
- Big & Bold
At this price range, I think it's better than most.Dianna Deeley - San Jose, CA45/18/2014
- Big & Bold
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Oh, wow. We were a little concerned (as I'd bought this sight unseen, based upon my liking for Caymus Cellars), and it's just amazing. Dark fruit, a little spice at the back, lovely feel, butter on the nose. I really love it.Rob Guimaraes - Nashville, TN312/5/2014
- Smooth & Supple
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A lot of flair here, along with the lushness to stand a bit of age but perhaps not the acidity or tannin for extended, substantial cellaring. The bombastic, fruit-incense, lathered juiciness certainly has its place, though, and it sure as heck seems Caymus went all Dookerstyle for their anniversary. Spiced & charred plums, heavy dollops of cassis, velvety ripeness, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Palate is heady and smoky, but washed over with a subsequent wave of ripe black fruits, port-soaked black cherries, and lots of sweet dark cedar. The alcohol is somewhat well-cushioned in the voluptuousness of the wine, but is unmistakable. From a salesmanship perspective, this probably merits a 95 rating (considering the popularity of the style), but the underlying complexity and stuffing are just a bit lacking here for me. Still…likely to be a popular effort. 91 pts.Gavin Falls - Bronx, NY511/30/2014
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Dan Buckstaff - Belvedere Tiburon, CA411/17/2014Constance "Cat" Bohm - Dublin, CA411/13/2014410/29/2014
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Excellent wine.nicholasv - Dublin, OH48/18/2014gofigur64 - Galena, OH58/7/2014RJF - Corona, CA46/17/2014I wont give 5 stars because that would seem to be the best tasting wine of all time, but this is amazing. Really full bold fruit flavor, incredible mid palate, and the most silky finish in the industry. The finish on this wine is their hallmark and I am always impressed.
- Smooth & Supple
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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