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2006 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1040777 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Full-blown, ripe and rich, with intense and sharply focused dried currant, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's still fairly tannic at this stage. Ends with a long, persistent finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Ripeness and sweet oak are the governing traits of this very rich and wide-open wine, and it is more geared to dark chocolate and caramelly sweetness than it is to classic Cabernet fruit. That said, it is positively plush on the palate with extract to spare, so much so, in fact, as to make its hard turn to tannin and heat an acceptable sin. *One Star* Inner quote mark (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, spicecake and bitter chocolate, with a strong component of sweet, nutty oak. Lush, full and sweet, with black fruit, dark chocolate and graphite flavors dominating. Finishes with big, broad, mouthdusting tannins that coat the front teeth. There's no reason not to enjoy this cabernet now but it should evolve nicely for five or six years. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Similar to Caymus' ultra-rich Special Selection, though somewhat less ripe and extracted, with fleshy black fruit, chocolatey oak and cedar, black olive and liquorice shadings. Well-made for the style. 17.5/20 points (LM) Inner quote mark (8/2009)

K&L Notes

Established in 1972, Caymus Vineyards is one of the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon producers in Napa Valley with an enviable track record of producing some of Napa's finest reds. The 2006 is a worthy successor in this lineage of full-bodied, fruit-forward, opulent Cabs. The nose starts out with alluring aromas of cherry cola, cassis and cocoa powder while on the palate the wine displays flavors of blackberry, crème de cassis and sweet oak. There is a lot of stuffing here and the wine is definitely still an infant with several years ahead of it to truly show its potential.

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