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2008 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1060211 98 points James Suckling

 This is mind-blowing on the nose with sweet tobacco, chocolate, cedar, cigar box, and licorice. Full-bodied and round with a bright and velvety tannin structure. Starts off slow, but then flies away. This is fabulous. Intense finish.  (6/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is the first example of this cuvee to include Merlot (about 14%) in the blend. The Merlot component has given the wine a cocoa/chocolate nuance to its black currant, licorice-infused fruit. The tannins are velvety soft and the wine is beautifully textured and full-bodied. (RP)  (12/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted, rich, intense and powerful, yet supple, graceful and polished, offering a generous core of spicy blackberry, black licorice, wild berry and light cedary notes. Full-bodied and expressive, this is both approachable now and sure to improve for several years. (JL)  (2/2011)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 In the full-blown style adopted by this wine some time ago, this newest version is rich, deep, full of concentrated black cherry and currant aromas and filled out at every stop by creamy, caramelly oakiness that might have been a bother if the fruit were not so very convincing. Full in body, fleshy in feel, viscous to the max on the palate, this wine is no shrinking violet, and while there will be those who find it somewhat over the top, it will be welcomed as a first-rate success by those who like a little heft in their wines. It is sure to reward years of cellaring.  (4/2011)

92 points Vinous

 (15.4% alcohol): Saturated bright ruby. Aromas of cassis, dark raspberry, bitter chocolate and cigar box show more lift than the basic 2008 Cabernet bottling, in spite of the wine's high alcohol. Very sweet, pliant flavors of dark berries, licorice, dark chocolate and sweet oak display an herbal underpinning like the basic Cabernet but this is distinctly sexier juice and possesses much more creamy texture and depth to buffer its ripe tannins. Finishes a bit warm but impressively long; classic valley-floor Napa Cabernet, if almost too much. (ST)  (5/2018)

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