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1987 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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... More »

Score
92
IWC 83
WS 88
WA 89
Drink Dates
WA: 1993-2003
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IWC 83
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 104

Bright ruby-red. Very oaky nose dominated by whiskey and exotic spices, along with a note of dill. Big and sweet on the palate, with spicy oak overshadowing the fruit. Has texture, but the flavor is overwhelmingly from wood. Strong whiskey tones carry through on the drying finish.

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WA 89
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 89
Drink Dates 1993-2003

The Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which spends significant time in oak, can be one of California's most riveting wines. First made in 1975, there have been some exceptionally concentrated, powerful wines that are still young and evolving (i.e, the 1978, 1976, and 1975). The decade of the eighties produced less profound Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignons, with the exception of the 1984 and 1985. Since then, the wine has moved to less of a blockbuster style, with the emphasis on more elegance, without sacrificing the wine's richness and intensity. I have not tasted the 1989 Special Selection, but both the 1988 and 1987 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignons are noticeably lighter and less intense than previous vintages. Nevertheless, the 1987 is still an excellent wine with its rich, oaky, cassis and spicy nose, creamy-textured, medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderately long finish. I would drink the 1987 over the next 7-10 years.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates

Showing its age with a dry, earthy edge to the cherry, plum and currant flavors, this wine peaked early. Tartness and dry tannins suggest it is fading away.--1987 California Cabernet horizontal. Drink now.

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Author Tim R455
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80%
Tasted On 03/07/2012

Wine was in remarkable stable condition, still had some tannin. Tadted remints of cherry and coffee. Being decanted it was very smooth but still have style of Caymus.

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