2011 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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. (Stephen Tanzer)
A juicy, savory cabernet with spice, berry, green-tobacco and coffee aromas and flavors. Full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. So drinkable now, but will improve with age: better in 2016.
A fleshy, showy youngster, putting ripe fruit and jazzy oak on display. An impressive 2011 that reverberates with ripe cherry, plum and currant notes that will be at their most appealing early on, as this veers toward dryer tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020.—
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Although tasty, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is slightly less intense and powerful compared to the 2010. It reveals supple tannins, abundant black fruit and spice notes, and an easy-drinking yet seriously endowed, medium to full-bodied personality. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
One of the original Napa family wineries of the early 1970s wine revival, Caymus has been making Napa Valley Cab since 1972. Says owner and winemaker Chuck Wagner: "Our focus continues to be on making Cabernets that are scrumptious in their youth but can age with the best of them. This wine can be enjoyed upon release while it is chock full of youthful exuberance, or it can be cellared for a decade or more when the wine's color lessens and it's once fruit laden force matures to a cedary bottle bouquet and more refined characters."