2010 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a beauty. Dense ruby/purple-colored, it is filled with creme de cassis fruit, supple tannins and an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The family believes in delivering exceptional pleasure and intensity to their wines, but they also have remarkable aging potential as the 1975 and 1976 Special Selections in my cellar bear witness. Though the Wagner family is not quite the pioneer that Louis Martini, Charles Krug, Beaulieu Private Reserve, Ridge Vineyards and a few others are, they have long farmed and made the wines at Caymus Vineyards. (RP)
Young and appropriately vibrant and grapey. Homes in on pure currant and blackberry fruit, veering briefly toward cedar and tobacco before tightening on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)
An overall cool summer in 2010 extended hang times and delayed fruit maturity into mid-October and beyond. Like many Napa producers, Caymus summarizes the vintage as producing a reduced quantity of high quality Cabernet marked by their signature style of rich, textured wine with cassis, chocolate tones and ripe fruit. Twenty-five percent mountain-grown fruit structures the wine to complement the generosity of the plush valley fruit. From winemaker Chuck Wagner, "The flavors in this wine are genuinely good, but the textural elements are its most exceptional feature. The entry wanders, deliberating, then evolves and expands to cocoa-like fine tannins in harmony with oak, fruit and acidity. A balanced and harmonious wine with a long evolution."