#83 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years.
Opaque crimson color, intriguing nose of freshly tilled Napa vineyard soil.
The presence of this wine includes fine textural components balanced by an array of flavors
including; ripe cherry, dried rose petal, cacao, mocha and cassis. A seamless, rich and alluring,
youthful Napa Cabernet. I find this vintage perfectly complex and balanced. This will go down
in our books as a difficult year that yielded a small production of very fine wine.
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years."
The Wine Advocate
"A seductive style that's openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that's enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit."
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. Once again Caymus has produced a gorgeous Special Selection that is delicious on its own, but that is also remarkable for a relatively large production of 9,600 cases that will make it easy to find."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Heady and polished this is a rich Napa valley cabernet focused on sweet black fruit. It's based on a mic of owned and leased vineyards in eight Napa sub AVAs, 75 percent in the valley, the balance on hillsides or higher into the mountains. New French oak comes across in scents of espresso-roast coffee and cedar, while the fruit has blue black depths of plum skin. it's tight and relatively austere for this style of Napa Valley cabernet, needing bottle age to show its best."
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