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1997 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 86 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 45756-1997-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: November/December 2000
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Celebrated vintage of a famous wine so available in incredibly short supply and at a highly inflated price. This wine, which has worn its American oak on its sleeve for many a long year, is very hard work at the moment with marked grainy tannins and a sort of mineral undertow adding further grit on the palate. You could buy it but please don't drink it for a while.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Tasted from magnum. Notable dill and tarry aromas are intense, with vivid blackberry and black cherry fruit, with touches of herb and cedar.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jkbergmann
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2004-2012
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 98

    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.
    Author: Ian W528
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Medium to full body. Would still be alive for 5 more years. Great Californian Cabernet with elegance.
    Author: fabioota
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.

See other similar producers:Abreu Vineyards,Pride Mountain Vineyards,Bryant Family Vineyards

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2128 bottles owned
  • 406 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 406 collectors)