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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

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Winemaker Notes

A viticultural choice we made years ago at Caymus-to deliberately reduce our crop yields in order to increase concentration and intensity of flavors-put us well ahead of the curve going into the 1998 growing season. This vintage saw quite cool overall weather patterns for our region, and many vintners addressed that challenge by thinning their crops during the summer to give the grapes left on the vines their best chance to reach maturity. Our own crop reduction measures started at fruit set and continued through the season. As a result, while our yields were low even by our standards, we were very pleased with the quality of the fruit and especially its maturity level. For even more selectivity, we picked our Cabernet in several passes through the vineyards. For example, we harvested Cabernet from one of our small estate blocks on October 1, 3, 13, 14 and 23. We were rewarded with the dark color and deep, lush flavors that we always seek in our wine. Following fermentation, we aged the lots separately, selecting primarily new French oak barrels, for 24 months before blending. I'm very proud of this bottling, truly the result of pro-active farming throughout a season of difficult weather conditions. Tasting notes Color: Deep black-purple. Nose: Spicy, layered aromas mingling black currants (cassis) with rich blackberry liqueur-the classic identifiers of deeply ripe Cabernet. These fruit aromas mesh seamlessly with notes of roasted espresso beans as well as vanillin from the toasted oak. Mouth: The wine continues to evoke the ripe Cabernet flavors promised in the aroma, adding abundant, multi-dimensional flavors of blackberries and black licorice. The texture is dense, thick and mouth-coating, the tannins firm but sweet. Restrained notes of smoky oak enhance the flavor and texture without dominating. This is a generous wine with an exceptionally long finish. It should drink well for several decades.

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Ripe, rich and complex, with layers of juicy plum, blackberry, anise, coffee and wild berry. Turns supple, with a sense of elegance and finesse. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins fold in.
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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.

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