Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.34058 ratings
9.0228 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Chris Harvey

Sweet sassy molassy. Good god.

Sweet sassy molassy. Good god.

Oct 15th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Last wine for our wine pairing at Chef's Table this evening, paired with a prime beef tenderloin with morel mushrooms and a smoked garlic-potato puree.

Deep purplish ruby red. Layered nose with boysenberry jam, tons of spices, cinnamon and violets. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Lacks a little oomph in the mid palate. Notes of blackberries, blackberries, vanilla and caramel. Long finish. Drink till 2026.

Last wine for our wine pairing at Chef's Table this evening, paired with a prime beef tenderloin with morel mushrooms and a smoked garlic-potato puree.

Deep purplish ruby red. Layered nose with boysenberry jam, tons of spices, cinnamon and violets. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Lacks a little oomph in the mid palate. Notes of blackberries, blackberries, vanilla and caramel. Long finish. Drink till 2026.

Sep 7th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

6.4

I'm really astounded how little I respect this. Tastes like blackberry pancake syrup. So much hang time. Dial it back. Give me some subtlety. This is a huge disappointment.

I'm really astounded how little I respect this. Tastes like blackberry pancake syrup. So much hang time. Dial it back. Give me some subtlety. This is a huge disappointment.

Sep 6th, 2017
Matthew Marcino

God awful

God awful

Jul 29th, 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

16 people found it helpfulApr 21st, 2014
Peter J.

What a disgusting grape syrup alcohol infused mess. What the hell happened to Caymus and why are they labeling this cab?

What a disgusting grape syrup alcohol infused mess. What the hell happened to Caymus and why are they labeling this cab?

11 people found it helpfulJul 1st, 2015
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
Graham Tatomer

Owner/Winemaker Tatomer Wines

9.7

Wow, it's epic. You had to be here really. An amazing bottle.

Wow, it's epic. You had to be here really. An amazing bottle.

8 people found it helpfulNov 10th, 2013
Matt Trader, TWP

One of many Caymus family wines I had the pleasure to try while running our Live Stream event with Chuck and his kiddos. This vintage I'll have to say was better than the 41st anniversary. The nose was inviting, lacking any herbaceous or green bell pepper nuances, only notes of raisin, cocoa powder, sweet cherries, vanilla bean extract, red plum, and red delicious apple skins. The liquid is dark purple in the glass with medium long legs and slow moving. The pallet exhibited notes of dried dates, stewed blackberries, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and a very smooth finish, leaving a sweet, chocolatey coating to the pallet.
Overall, I understand why people love this wine due to its ability to be consumed so young, and still age a little. But, the real reason that the Cab is so approachable is due to its lack in tannin structure. Also, they wait past harvest several weeks to obtain optimum ripeness, which gives it a bit of a raisin like quality similarly found in late harvest reds, so it has a sweet characteristic comparably to most Cabs. I will say my final conclusion is that I did thoroughly enjoy this wine, and it was delicious. If I had several of these, I could easily make it daily red (completely discounting cost). It is a comfort wine to just be enjoyed, but maybe just not at its lofty price range for many people. Great effort Caymus, I do look forward to my visit to the estate in August!

Drink now though 2025.

Cheers!

$69.99

One of many Caymus family wines I had the pleasure to try while running our Live Stream event with Chuck and his kiddos. This vintage I'll have to say was better than the 41st anniversary. The nose was inviting, lacking any herbaceous or green bell pepper nuances, only notes of raisin, cocoa powder, sweet cherries, vanilla bean extract, red plum, and red delicious apple skins. The liquid is dark purple in the glass with medium long legs and slow moving. The pallet exhibited notes of dried dates, stewed blackberries, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and a very smooth finish, leaving a sweet, chocolatey coating to the pallet.
Overall, I understand why people love this wine due to its ability to be consumed so young, and still age a little. But, the real reason that the Cab is so approachable is due to its lack in tannin structure. Also, they wait past harvest several weeks to obtain optimum ripeness, which gives it a bit of a raisin like quality similarly found in late harvest reds, so it has a sweet characteristic comparably to most Cabs. I will say my final conclusion is that I did thoroughly enjoy this wine, and it was delicious. If I had several of these, I could easily make it daily red (completely discounting cost). It is a comfort wine to just be enjoyed, but maybe just not at its lofty price range for many people. Great effort Caymus, I do look forward to my visit to the estate in August!

Drink now though 2025.

Cheers!

$69.99

7 people found it helpfulJul 17th, 2016