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1997 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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  • 91 WS
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SKU: 45752-1997-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 86

    Readers wanting a jolt of blatant toasty oak with straightforward flavors reminiscent of cherry syrup, coffee, and herbs might appreciate this wine more than I. It is medium-bodied, monolithic, and best drunk over the next 8-10 years. Regarding the points/power ratio, I am reminded of an old retailer's sarcastic sales slogan - |Why pay less?|
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Starts out lean and austere, with a meaty edge to the crisp anise, cherry and currant notes, finishing with an earthy edge and a touch of vanilla bean. 30,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating:

    Far better than anticipated. Parker said to drink by 2010, so I assumed it would be in decline because his drinking ranges are so incredibly long. It was still tight when uncorked, but opened beautifully. Still has very nice fruit. Was better with each glass. Wish I had more!
    Author: Tom G165
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Good, but our expectations were so high that it was hard to match up.
    Author: BryanH
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Pepper, spice, leather with blended with rich, dark fruits. Decanted for an hour and it got better with time. Not complex, but a pleasure to drink. No signs of age, but at the top of its game
    Drink Dates: 2009
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Shows the ripeness of the vintage, with high-octane plum, smoke and blackberry, and plenty of viscosity (think 50-weight motor oil). Still managing to remain balanced, with sufficient tannins and a hint of minerals, but could use a little more palate-cleansing acidity. Long finish displays sweet tannins. A good pairing with well seasoned grilled fare. Drink now through 2012.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2012
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating:

    Sold @ $85 to Norm
    Author: Jeff
  • Self | Rating: 91

    We tasted the 1997 and 1998 Caymus side by side. Both wines had deep red color and good body. The 1998 was a bit rough and really did not taste all that good. I considered this one corked. The 1997 was nice from the start and got better as time went on. After an hour it was soft, it had more dark fruit and chocolate type flavors. Very nice!
    Author: Bryon
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1078 bottles owned
  • 274 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 274 collectors)