• Caymus Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 96

    Caymus Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    96pts Robert Parker, Jr.s Wine Advocate

    The 2012 vintage of Caymus Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet is drinking beautifully already, but, like its older siblings, is tracking to age for well for decades to come. What special events do you have coming up in the next 15 years or so?

    Robert Parker, Jr.: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection has a dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity (most of it black and blue), voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. I have Caymus Special Selection in my cellar back to some of the historic wines made by Chuck Wagner’s father in the early 1970s, and while the style’s gotten more precocious and consumer-friendly, these wines, even the more latter-day styles, have a tendency to age beautifully. This can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years. Drink 2016 - 2036." Dec 2015

    Trade Notes: "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.

    Incredibly intense purple fruits, melted chocolate, wild berries and lavish oak layers float seamlessly together in the glass and remind anyone enjoying it that legacies of quality aren’t built without an impeccable track record. Any fan of Napa Cabernet needs this in the cellar."

    Winery: "Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the only wine in the world twice honored as "Wine of the Year" by Wine Spectator Magazine (chosen amongst approximately 10,000 wines). In addition, this wine was honored with the highest average score rating by the same magazine over the last 15 years.

    Serve with beef, cured meats, hard cheese and roasted vegetables."

    Size:  750ml; cork
    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
    Alcohol:  ~15.2%
    Aging:    16 months in new French oak
    Region: Napa, North Coast, California