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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • RP 95
  • WS 94
  • V 92
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Winemaker Notes

A rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and creme 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.

Critical Acclaim

RP 95
The Wine Advocate

A brilliant wine, and one of the stars of the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection boasts aromas of blueberry pie, blackberries, cassis and white flowers. This full-bodied, velvety textured, delicious 2011 is already drinking well, and should continue to do so for 10-12 years. It is a terrific success for the vintage.

WS 94
Wine Spectator

Beautifully crafted, rich, deep, layered, textural and persistent, this offers a range of mocha-laced currant, black licorice, espresso and vanilla bean flavors, gaining depth and complexity on the long, smooth finish. Drink now through 2024.

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V 92
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Saturated dark ruby to the rim! A brooding black hole of a nose, offering aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, violet and licorice. Densely packed and thick but with harmonious acidity framing the intense, youthfully medicinal flavors of dark berries and chocolate mint. The exotic chocolatey oak quality accentuates this glyceral cabernet's almost porty character. Finishes with serious building tannins that appear to be supported by the wine's impressive density. Very ripe for the vintage. Rating: 92+

Caymus, Napa Valley, California
Caymus
As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).