2011 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant wine, and one of the stars of the vintage, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection boasts aromas of blueberry pie, blackberries, cassis and white flowers. This full-bodied, velvety textured, delicious 2011 is already drinking well, and should continue to do so for 10-12 years. It is a terrific success for the vintage. (RP)
*Collectibles* Beautifully crafted, rich, deep, layered, textural and persistent, this offers a range of mocha-laced currant, black licorice, espresso and vanilla bean flavors, gaining depth and complexity on the long, smooth finish. Drink now through 2024. (JL)
This shows so much dark chocolate, tar, blackberries and plums. Toasted oak. Coffee. It's full-bodied but there is a thick tannic texture. Chewy but juicy and fresh. Better in 2016 but so attractive now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. (ST)