2018 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • Leading Napa Valley Brand
  • Only Produced on TOP vintages
  • Epic 99 Point Vintage ~Wine Spectator
  • Honored Twice as Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year"
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About the Wine

Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintageWith heady fruit and decisive tannins, this charismatic Cab is a perfect match for sumptuous slow-braised beef accompanied by heaps of creamy mash, or something unctuous like a shoulder of lamb. Warm, earthy spices like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon also bring out its playful side, and that’s a recipe for a good time in our book. 

Every year, Caymus winery selects their best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the Special Selection, although this wine is not produced in difficult years. A premium wine with distinguished elegance. This is a high allocated wine. Special Selection is the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.”

Set in Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley, California, Caymus is a 100% family-owned winery. Founded in 1971 by Charlie Wagner, wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, and son Chuck, the winery was constructed among the vines planted on the family’s Rutherford ranch. Their first vintage in 1972 produced a modest 240 cases of wine. Forty years later, Caymus farms Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations to ensure the pick of the year’s fruit and produces a whopping 65,000 cases for sale all around the world.

The Wagner family attributes much of its success to innovative viticulture practices such as crop thinning, which allows measured sunlight to reach the vine’s fruit zone; and ‘hang time’ whereby the fruit is left on the vine for an unusually long period to develop flavors and aromas.

The name ‘Caymus’ originates from the Mexican land grant named Ranchos Caymus, given to George Yount in 1836 to ecompass what would become the town of Rutherford and surrounding areas.

2019 is an epic year for Napa Valley. Wine Spectator blessed this year with a near-perfect 99 point score. They say this was an "spectacular year, with wines that are rich and dark, but detailed, restrained in style and very terroir-driven."

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise, and crème de cassis.  On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box, and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish.  The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density.  Rich, fine‐grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity, and oak. 

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