“Not many wineries, anywhere in the world, can match the Wagner family’s consistent record of success”
Staying true to my family’s tradition, we only use exceptional parcels of fruit that are worthy of our Special Selection designation. This 33rd release of Special Selection was a challenging vintage, with cool weather and rain pushing the final days of our harvest into the month of November. Because of early rains in 2010 the pick was delayed and in many cases the Cabernet Sauvignon wines were sold in bulk instead of being bottled. We had about 60% of our normal
production ripen to our satisfaction, producing extraordinary wine.
Over the years Caymus Cabernet has developed its own unique style, centering our focus on dark color, fine grain, chalky rich tannins, and an array of flavors. How did our “house style” emerge? Well, I think a steep learning curve exists with us and the Caymus team gets excited about the right things such as finding inroads in both viticulture and winemaking, often employing out of the box thinking. I like to believe that our proactive innovations have been key to our style and feel that within the natural greatness of Napa lies plenty of room for creative juices and world class wine.
I have long believed that we in California and the Napa Valley have some advantages over winemakers in countries where an AOC (appellation of controlled origin) exists. Here, we have the freedom to make choices about where to plant each varietal, we can choose our own harvest date, regulate yield of a vineyard and irrigate vines when they need water. I think this “freedom to choose” spills over to better wines and points towards a very bright future. Our cabernet wines are produced from eight of Napa’s sixteen sub appellations and are made up of
75% valley floor fruit and 25% from elevated, mountainous sites. We often stand back and admire the Napa Valley and its deserving status in the wine world, its many great soils and very reliable climate that’s hard to beat and we try to bring that all together in our wine.
Opaque crimson color, intriguing nose of freshly tilled Napa vineyard soil. The presence of this wine includes fine textural components balanced by an array of flavors including; ripe cherry, dried rose petal, cacao, mocha and cassis. A seamless, rich and alluring, youthful Napa Cabernet. I find this vintage perfectly complex and balanced. This will go down in our books as a difficult year that yielded a small production of very fine wine.
My belief is “wines that taste good as aged wines, are the same wines that taste good young.” Yet my choice age to drink Special Selection Cabernet is five to seven years from vintage date. So, this wine will continue to improve over time but is enjoyable at this moment; I am serving it to my closest friends these days and they seem to love it as much as I do – it is a “no excuse” wine. Our Cabernets spend about 16 months in French oak, are unfined, and will throw some natural sediment in the bottle.
Released: October 2012
“A seductive style that’s openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that’s enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit.”
“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. Once again Caymus has produced a gorgeous Special Selection that is delicious on its own, but that is also remarkable for a relatively large production of 9,600 cases that will make it easy to find. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”
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