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Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.8% ABV
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14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. Caymus farms Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling the winery to make the best possible wine in a given year. This Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification.Rating: 94+
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Well, I must say the Wagner family has come a long way since I first met Charlie and Chuck in the mid-1970s and sipped on their incredible 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon. In my book, that $5.00—its suggested retail price when I first sold it—remains one of California's finest Cabs ever, and probably forever. Now we are into the 2015 vintage and the wine is still top-notch in its category. While it is way different from the Wagner family's first efforts, it is a beautiful wine that offers a full-bodied and lush presence. It is currently one of the most popular wines for wine lovers across the USA. The wine scored well in a recent blind tasting that I conducted. The winery, always on the cutting edge, recognized that the wine had to made in this fuller, rounder style to be successful. Enjoy this wine for what it is and not what it once was. Pair the juicy black fruit flavors, generous oaky notes, and palate smoothness with hoisin-accented, boned-in Cantonese-style chicken thighs, and don't be afraid to include lots of garlic, ginger, and a touch of fine fish sauce. (Tasted: February 2, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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In 1972, Chuck Wagner started Caymus Vineyards with his parents, Charlie and Lorna, with a bold plan and an uncharted future. They were a family of farmers with deep roots in the Napa Valley – in 1857, Chuck’s great-great grandfather captained a wagon train to California from Bible Grove, Missouri. Working together for decades, Chuck and his parents established the family’s work ethic, appetite for innovation, down-to-earth sensibility, and deep appreciation of the pleasures of good food and wine enjoyed with family and friends.

Today, Caymus Cabernet is one of the region’s most celebrated wines. Made from grapes farmed in 8 of Napa Valley’s 16 appellations, it has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe tannins – as approachable in youth as it is in maturity. Chuck Wagner continues to make two world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignons – Caymus Napa Valley and Caymus Special Selection. Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the only wine in the world to be honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year” for the 1984 and 1990 vintages. 

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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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