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2012 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 45756-2012-750-2B
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Exhibits a delicious, up-front core of juicy dark berry, blackberry, black licorice and creamy, toasty, vanilla-scented oak. Appropriately tannic and structured, this is made in a style you can drink now or cellar for up to a decade.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection has a dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet creme de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity (most of it black and blue), voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. I have Caymus Special Selection in my cellar back to some of the historic wines made by Chuck Wagner's father in the early 1970s, and while the style's gotten more precocious and consumer-friendly, these wines, even the more latter-day styles, have a tendency to age beautifully. This can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Fairly typical for Caymus Special Selection. Dark currants and dark berries. Very extracted. Full bodied with smooth tannins on the finish. Very drinkable right now.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is the real deal. Everything that the 2012 Caymus Napa wasn't; rich, multi-layered and textured, outstanding depth and breadth of flavors. Worth the wait.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 441 bottles owned
  • 85 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 85 collectors)