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1996 Caymus - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 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 »

Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2012 VF: 2000-2007

Author Jundt and Maritz wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.333%
Tasted On 11/06/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2015

still going strong. Plenty of fruit, and nice tannic backbone. Got better for first 30 min, then plateaued for 1 hour (and then it was gone because we drank it. If you have some, drink it, --still great, but won't be getting better.

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Author Injun
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.294%
Tasted On 05/14/2010


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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.163%
Tasted On 02/28/2009
Drink Dates 2003-2010
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Author Bryon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.465%
Tasted On 03/29/2009

Verticle tasting included 1996, 2002 and 2005 Napa Cab's. What is evident is the consistency and quality of Caymus wines. All were dringing well. The 1996 was slightly brown around the edge, the body was significantly lighter BUT the fruit in the bottle was good, the wine was soft and more approachable than the other two. The 1996 continued to get better as it was exposed. My first taste was 20 minutes after the bottle was open, my last was about 90 mintues afterwards. The 2002 had a similar taste profile and was very good after 20 minutes and had gotten better, it appeared to be the best of the three but after 90 minutes the 2005 was getting really close. The 2002 is at its peak the 2005 will get better from now through 2011. The 2002 was dark but the 2005 was inky dark with a little red on the edge. Both had some tanins (2005 significantly more)and were delicious.

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Author Wes M459
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Tasted On 08/10/2008

Still wonderful, good balance of fruit, tannins and acid. Pleasant aftertaste, great bouquet

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Author Tim Corliss
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Tasted On 01/01/2007

Classic Caymus, but not my favorite vintage (could be bottle variation). Great nose that disappated quickly. There was an off sour cherry flavor that took away from the total enjoyment. No where near as good as the 1994

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