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2003 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
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  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 45756-2003-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Current vintages of the luxury cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection, are bottled much earlier than in the past and they remain one of Napa's most classic Cabernets. The 2003's opaque purple color suggests a wine much younger than ten years of age. Copious amounts of creme de cassis, graphite, spice box and a whiff of new saddle leather result in a classic, authoritative, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with no hard edges. This big, mouthfilling, textured, multidimensional Cabernet still tastes like an adolescent, and is capable of lasting another 15-20 years. Some tannins are present, but their sweetness along with the wine's voluptuous character are irresistible.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Supple and harmonious, with rich, fleshy currant, blackberry, herb, mocha and dill. Picks up momentum and holds onto a tight focus through the long, satisfying finish, where the tannins are rich and intense, boding well for short- to mid-term cellaring. 9,800 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: DaveF
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Crimson in color. Medium rim variation. Forest floor. Medium/Full bodied. Polished texture. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2011
    Author: Sharon K
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dark murky red with heavy aromas of sweet cherry and leather. Nice body and complixity, still tannic and very much in the zone of the 2003 wines I have had recently. Not a blockbuster but enough flavor profile and consistency to keep me coming back for more.
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Not sure if I'm losing my taste for Napa Cabs, this was too big, overwhelming and muscle-bound for my tastes (sacriligious, I know). However, let me say emphatically that I am one of the producer's biggest fans, and have enjoyed many a bottle of their Special Selection and Napa bottlings (I prefer the latter). My tastes are shifting to Old World styles. However, I can understand why many would like this, and still have a great deal of respect for the Wagner family and the iconic Napa Cab they continue to produce. Ready now, and can be laid down until 2015.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2015
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Purple in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Coffee, Cedar. Blackberry, Black currant (cassis). Medium/Full bodied. Juicy texture. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: goelmos
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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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

  • 1569 bottles owned
  • 299 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 299 collectors)