1997 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 750ml

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1997 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

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International Wine Cellar | 93

Bright ruby. Cassis, violet and lightly tarry, spicy oak. Ripe, dense and very concentrated; thick and deep. Not at all overly sweet or dominated by the wood. Has superb material and verve. Finishes very long, with thoroughly ripe tannins. The finest vintage for this wine in a long time, and one that avoids the excesses of (American) oak that have plagued so many recent vintages.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Spectator | 95

This banner year's Special Selection is smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mocha, black cherry and wild berry, fairly gushing at midpalate. The finish is long, rich, and intricate. 2,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2009
Author: James Laube


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Author: jab
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2012
Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Score: 95
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/17/2011

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 94
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/31/2009
Medium to full body. Would still be alive for 5 more years. Great Californian Cabernet with elegance.
Score: 94
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 98
Author: Ian W528
Tasted On: 12/10/2001
I don't remember the nuances of the actual bottle as I was forced to crack this open at our company Xmas party after losing a bet with the owner. It was definitely the best wine I tasted all year.
More Vintages and Sizes of Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection:

2001 (750ml)

About This Producer


Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by the Wagner family in Napa Valley's Rutherford district. The Wagners originally immigrated to the San Francisco Bay area from Alsace in the late 1880s. The winery produces both a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and since 1975, a Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, differentiated by superior fruit and additional barrel aging. The name, Caymus, has dual origins: it is both the name of a subgroup of Mishewal-Wappo Indians that lived near the present-day Yountville, and the name of the Mexican land grant known as Rancho Caymus, given to George Yount in 1836, which eventually became the town of Rutherford. The winery maintains 60 acres of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as well as buys grapes from select Napa Valley growers. The Wagners' goal is to create a balanced wine that is approachable at release, but will improve with bottle age. Caymus takes great care in its vineyard maintenance, farming each block according to the specific needs of its soil type, climate, slope and orientation. The vines are also thinned in order to concentrate the flavor and structure within the grapes. Caymus also produces a white blend called Conundrum, and other small production varietal offerings.

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