2009 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
**Two Stars** Not the least bit shy about standing up to its big and pricey mate, this nicely crafted wine shares a keen focus on the currant fruit that makes Napa Valley Cabernets so special. It also shares a drift into slight fleshiness, and, in this case, shows greater willingness to be drunk up in the next five years even if keeping it longer is within its ability to age. Still, with a somewhat more open stance and more inviting price, this wine serves up lots to like while we wait for the Special Selection.
A flashy, opulent Cabernet. You could even call it sexy. It’s so soft and luxurious in blackberry, blueberry and cassis flavors. Absolutely delicious by any standard, yet the dry structure maintains elegant balance. Drink soon for youthful drama. Hard to believe production was nearly 72,000 cases.
Supple and creamy-textured, with mocha, ripe plum and cherry flavors that show touches of tobacco, espresso and underbrush. Full-bodied, gaining tannic traction on the finish, elegant and readily approachable. Drink now through 2018.
The 2009 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to deliver what fans of Caymus have come to expect--fruit and plenty of it. The 2009 Caymus is dark red in the glass with hints of wild red cherry, blackberry, mocha and chocolate notes on the nose while the palate is a mixture of rich black fruits, bakers chocolate, sweet oak and supple tannins. The finish on the wine is long and smooth and hints that this wine has a long life ahead of it. I was surprised how opulent and open-knit the fruit was, as well as how well the tannins had already integrated into the wine. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon traditionally does well with the wine publications and I see no reason why the 2009 won't garner a good score when it is reviewed. Fans of Caymus should not miss out on this classic offering. (Alex Pross, Wine Club Director K&L Wine Merchants)