Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.34930 ratings
9.0240 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

I only have have a 1/2 dozen bottles of vintages that predate the 2012 vintage when Caymus still made wines in a style I appreciated. More; tannic, spice, earth and complexity.

Now, they are amongst the last to pick fruit, which translates into higher brix levels and much sweeter wines. They pick just as the grapes start to show the slightest raisin shrivel.

I thought I might be early on the 2007. Instead, it’s right around its peak form.

The nose reveals dark black currants. Ripe; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, stewed plum, dark cherries, stewed strawberries and creamy raspberries. Dark spice, black tea, mixed dark berry cola, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, some dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet tarry notes, just a touch of eucalyptus with blue, purple and dark red fresh & withering flowers.

The body is full. Tannins round, grainy, tarry, sticky and meaty...60% resolved. Still lots of life in this 07....another 7-10 years of good drinking left. The wine is delicious. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a great spot. Ripe; dark black currants, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, boysenberries, stewed plum, dark cherries, stewed strawberries and creamy raspberries. Dark spice with some palate heat, soft, understated and well integrated baking spices; light vanilla, clove and cinnamon. Black tea, mixed dark berry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, some dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet tarry notes, just a touch of eucalyptus with blue, purple and dark red fresh & withering flowers. The acidity is round and perfect. The flavors glorious. The long finish is extremely well balanced, seamless, it glides over the palate effortlessly and last minutes.

Photos of; Caymus Estate vines, the front entrance to the winery, the grounds around their tasting room and their tasting bar.

@The Restaurant at CIA Copia

I only have have a 1/2 dozen bottles of vintages that predate the 2012 vintage when Caymus still made wines in a style I appreciated. More; tannic, spice, earth and complexity.

Now, they are amongst the last to pick fruit, which translates into higher brix levels and much sweeter wines. They pick just as the grapes start to show the slightest raisin shrivel.

I thought I might be early on the 2007. Instead, it’s right around its peak form.

The nose reveals dark black currants. Ripe; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, stewed plum, dark cherries, stewed strawberries and creamy raspberries. Dark spice, black tea, mixed dark berry cola, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, some dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet tarry notes, just a touch of eucalyptus with blue, purple and dark red fresh & withering flowers.

The body is full. Tannins round, grainy, tarry, sticky and meaty...60% resolved. Still lots of life in this 07....another 7-10 years of good drinking left. The wine is delicious. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a great spot. Ripe; dark black currants, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, boysenberries, stewed plum, dark cherries, stewed strawberries and creamy raspberries. Dark spice with some palate heat, soft, understated and well integrated baking spices; light vanilla, clove and cinnamon. Black tea, mixed dark berry cola, black licorice, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, some dry crushed rocks, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet tarry notes, just a touch of eucalyptus with blue, purple and dark red fresh & withering flowers. The acidity is round and perfect. The flavors glorious. The long finish is extremely well balanced, seamless, it glides over the palate effortlessly and last minutes.

Photos of; Caymus Estate vines, the front entrance to the winery, the grounds around their tasting room and their tasting bar.

@The Restaurant at CIA Copia

Oct 8th, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Dinner with clients. Dusty fresh cherry, light tannins, tight, years to go to open.

Dinner with clients. Dusty fresh cherry, light tannins, tight, years to go to open.

Aug 29th, 2018
Tara Rowland

Elegant vintage. Oak in check, thankfully

Elegant vintage. Oak in check, thankfully

Aug 26th, 2018
Greg Gregory

Trivia time, not that most of you don’t already know this, but this is the vintage they didn’t make the SS and its by far IMHO the best Caymus Napa ever. Found this today at a little deli/liquor store here in Palm Springs. Surprise surprise still drinking beautifully.

Trivia time, not that most of you don’t already know this, but this is the vintage they didn’t make the SS and its by far IMHO the best Caymus Napa ever. Found this today at a little deli/liquor store here in Palm Springs. Surprise surprise still drinking beautifully.

Jan 6th, 2018
Brian Szluk

Stewed blueberry and blackberry, plum, chocolate covered black cherry, fig Newton, cedar, vanilla, black pepper, molasses

Stewed blueberry and blackberry, plum, chocolate covered black cherry, fig Newton, cedar, vanilla, black pepper, molasses

Nov 23rd, 2017
Chris Harvey

Sweet sassy molassy. Good god.

Sweet sassy molassy. Good god.

Oct 15th, 2017
jonathan Hamcock

When i drank this delightful wine i saw zeus himself come before me and asked me for this wine. If this wine was a one of my 12 super models she would be kristy (the kinky one ;)). 8/7.325 would use as anal plug.

When i drank this delightful wine i saw zeus himself come before me and asked me for this wine. If this wine was a one of my 12 super models she would be kristy (the kinky one ;)). 8/7.325 would use as anal plug.

18 people found it helpfulOct 10th, 2015
Cara Patricia

GM/Partner/Head Sommelier at Les Clos San Francisco

9.6

Now, this is when to start drinking Caymus. Hold on to those new releases! 8-10 is when they start being fine wines

Now, this is when to start drinking Caymus. Hold on to those new releases! 8-10 is when they start being fine wines

17 people found it helpfulApr 21st, 2014
Christanna Honer

Extracted enough to look like a dark inky Malbec, nose is hot and like a big glass of undiluted cassis. This has gotta be at least 15% Petite Sirah--the palate is just a chocolate jam bomb; actually reminds me specifically of those shark fruit snacks which were my favorite in my lunch box growing up. Nostalgia aside, not what I want in my Cabernet. This is awful, at any price point, much less the HIGHER price they have the '13 at. Maybe they should blend some Meiomi in for complexity.

Extracted enough to look like a dark inky Malbec, nose is hot and like a big glass of undiluted cassis. This has gotta be at least 15% Petite Sirah--the palate is just a chocolate jam bomb; actually reminds me specifically of those shark fruit snacks which were my favorite in my lunch box growing up. Nostalgia aside, not what I want in my Cabernet. This is awful, at any price point, much less the HIGHER price they have the '13 at. Maybe they should blend some Meiomi in for complexity.

8 people found it helpfulJul 9th, 2015
Amy Marshall

Velvety, drinking really well. Reaffirms 08 is my favorite Caymus Napa of the past decade

Velvety, drinking really well. Reaffirms 08 is my favorite Caymus Napa of the past decade

3 people found it helpfulNov 7th, 2015