- Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 Product #29777 (In Stock)
The 41st edition of this benchmark Napa Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in 8 of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with about 75% of the fruit coming from the Valley floor and 25% from hillside sites. It’s ripe, and rich, and bursting with blackcurrant, dark cherry, spice, and milk chocolate aromas and flavors with a nice lift of crushed violets on the nose and palate. Although it’s technically bigger than the 2012 – about 0.5% more alcohol here – the texture feels more elegant and pure, with the ripe fruit a bit more fresh and acids just a touch more crisp. The finish is long and generous with fruit, chocolate, spice, licorice and violet notes lingering nicely over sweet, smooth as silk, tannins.
Robert Parker rated the 2012 Caymus Cabernet – the winery’s 40th vintage – at 96 points for its powerhouse structure and exuberant, even flamboyant, personality and balance of lavish oak and massive fruit. The 2013 is just as silky smooth as the 2012 and pumps out just as much flavor, but has more detailed flavors and a longer finish. Personally, I like the 2013 more than the 2012 and I’m sure many critics will agree with me. I suspect others – probably including Parker – will give the nod to 2012. No wrong answers here, just personal preference. If you like Caymus, you’ll love the 2013!
- Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 2012 Product #29551 (In Stock)
Chuck Wagner crafts his Special Selection Cabernet by selecting the very best barrels in the Caymus cellars and allowing the wine a bit of extra time to mature in oak and bottle before release. It’s always a big, rich, wine that pumps out oodles of dark currant, chocolate covered plum, mocha, sweet spice, and rich blackberry aromas and flavors. On release, the wine can be almost overwhelming in its rich, creamy, density and will show the firm (but very ripe) tannins needed to support long-term aging.
After trying the “regular” 2012 Caymus Cabernet, we know many of you are wondering, “Just how good can Chuck Wagner’s very best 2012 Cab be?” Well, we’ll note that a) Caymus Special Selection is Chuck Wagner’s choice of the best barrels he made each vintage; b) it’s the only wine ever to be named Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year twice; c) Robert Parker hung a 96 point rating on the 2012 Napa Cabernet; and d) Special Selection always ends up 2-4 points more highly rated than the Napa Cab. You do the math! A “do not miss it” opportunity for every fan of the lush, powerful, 2012 Napa Cabs!