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1997 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
95
JR 17
WS 95
IWC 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2004-2012 WS: 2000-2009
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 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.

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JR 17
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2005-2010

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.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000-2009

This banner year's Special Selection is smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mocha, black cherry and wild berry, fairly gushing at midpalate. The finish is long, rich, and intricate. 2,000 cases made.

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Author jab
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Tasted On 06/09/2012
Drink Dates 2004-2012
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Author William T347
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.097%
Tasted On 02/17/2011
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Author fabioota
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 08/31/2009

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

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Author Jkbergmann
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.22%
Tasted On 04/03/2009
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Author Ian W528
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Tasted On 12/10/2001

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.

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