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    Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

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    • WE97
    • WS93
    Price: $159.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine Spectator, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 111899

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernets Sauvignons – a "Napa Valley" and the venerable "Special Selection." Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla.

    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. Caymus Napa Valley is more representative of a standard Cabernet of Napa Valley, as it is a bit less precocious than the Special Selection, but still delivers big. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well at maturity. Both the "Napa Valley" and "Special Selection" Cabernets are produced under the winemaking hand of Chuck Wagner.

    Critical Acclaim:

    So delicious now, you can hardly keep your hands off it. Blackberry tart, ripe blueberry, cassis, milk chocolate, licorice and sweet, smoky cedar flavors flood the mouth, dramatically huge and memorable, and lasting long into the finish. The tannins are obvious, but sweetly ripe and soft. A brilliant evocation of Napa Cabernet, despite a high production level of nearly 30,000 cases, which is about the same size as a Bordeaux first growth. Shows the class and potency this bottling has exhibited for many years, and believe it or not, the price is a relative bargain these days. Drink now–2020.

    97 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Temptingly rich and layered, with complex mocha, plum and wild berry fruit that’s spicy and aromatic. Full-bodied, gaining depth and turning ever more elegant and detailed, with tannins that give this traction. Drink now through 2019.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    High in ripeness and generously enriched by scads of creamy, somewhat caramelly, slightly toasty oak, this full and complete wine from Caymus does a masterful job of delivering lots of concentrated currant fruit tinged with notes of blueberry and root beer. It is supple and a tad fleshy in feel and takes full advantage of its ample tannins for some needed spine that serves as an offset to its never-say-die, lengthy fruit on the palate. Put it away for five to ten years.

    91 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide
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    AvgJoe (1/23/2012)
    A friend recommended a bottle of Caymus Special over dinner. I now have a new favorite. This wine was exceptional full of flavor and velvet smooth. A bit pricey especially dining out but worth the experience. I intend to add a bottle or two for my home cellar for special occasions with friends.
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    Howard Tong (9/21/2011)
    as always, caymus is my favorite wine. the special select is very smooth, velvet, just gets better as it opens over time. with a good steak or any kind of fat, it transforms! beautiful, lovely, very rich.
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    ken lau (4/23/2012)
    Great wine
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    bpstlouis (7/2/2013)
    Great, reliable cabernet. Fruity, smooth and easy to drink.
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    Wine Freak (11/23/2012)
    An amazing wine for that special occasion dinner.
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    Chase Mohr (1/11/2012)
    Yes please but would like it cheaper than $119.
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    Peter Bankhead (12/30/2011)
    5 stars across the board! Dont miss out on buying this one.
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    Dan Lounsbury (10/17/2012)
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    MICHAEL GONZALES (1/27/2012)

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