2009 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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 is a relative bargain these days.
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.
*Two Stars* 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.
A legendary California Cabernet Sauvignon that impresses vintage after vintage for its impeccable balance and longevity. It's inky and dark and a little reserved on the nose right now, which is to be expected considering its youth. With air it begins to reveal smoke, pepper and black fruit that just hint at the complexity underneath. Voluptous, almost vixen-like on its entry now with creamy mocha, pepper and black fruit flavors, the wine is reined in by its structure.