Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3137 ratings
8.810 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
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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

I corvined this last weekend and put it back in storage for tonight. I had a very different experience & thoughts on this wine last weekend un-decanted. This is wine comes from a period when I loved Caymus. After 2011 when they started picking later and at higher brix’s, they lost me but, got higher Parker scores and rave words from people that like sweeter Cabernet that drinks young.

Last weekend without a decant, very dominate bright cherries and vanilla.

Tonight, the nose reveals, dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominate, baked strawberries, black licorice, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, underbrush, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets.

The body is full, sexy, gorgeous and voluptuous. The structure, tension, length and balance are at the start of its high point with another 7-10 years of good drinking ahead. Dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominating, baked strawberries, black licorice to deep anise, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, dark spices with just a touch of palate heat, underbrush, used leather, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets. The acidity is like a needed waterfall shower. The long finish is, deep, dark, well balanced, elegant, ruby, ripe, polished and persists endlessly.

It’s been awhile and I’ve missed it. This is a very good example of why I used to adore Caymus.

I corvined this last weekend and put it back in storage for tonight. I had a very different experience & thoughts on this wine last weekend un-decanted. This is wine comes from a period when I loved Caymus. After 2011 when they started picking later and at higher brix’s, they lost me but, got higher Parker scores and rave words from people that like sweeter Cabernet that drinks young.

Last weekend without a decant, very dominate bright cherries and vanilla.

Tonight, the nose reveals, dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominate, baked strawberries, black licorice, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, underbrush, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets.

The body is full, sexy, gorgeous and voluptuous. The structure, tension, length and balance are at the start of its high point with another 7-10 years of good drinking ahead. Dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominating, baked strawberries, black licorice to deep anise, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, dark spices with just a touch of palate heat, underbrush, used leather, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets. The acidity is like a needed waterfall shower. The long finish is, deep, dark, well balanced, elegant, ruby, ripe, polished and persists endlessly.

It’s been awhile and I’ve missed it. This is a very good example of why I used to adore Caymus.

1 person found it helpfulJun 8th, 2019
Greg Rockerfellar

2008

1 person found it helpfulNov 10th, 2014
Francis Plante

La qualité est la. Mais plus mon style de vin.

La qualité est la. Mais plus mon style de vin.

1 person found it helpfulApr 26th, 2014
Roy Goble

Wasn't happy with this last night, but this second bottle is definitely more Caymus-like. Glad I gave the vintage a second chance.

Wasn't happy with this last night, but this second bottle is definitely more Caymus-like. Glad I gave the vintage a second chance.

Dec 16th, 2016
Roy Goble

Had high hopes but this 2008 is just ok.

Had high hopes but this 2008 is just ok.

Dec 15th, 2016
James Dale

Meh. Caymus can lick my balls. Overpriced and bad for Napa. Look up their lawsuits. They are like if Trump got lucky and started a successful business.

Meh. Caymus can lick my balls. Overpriced and bad for Napa. Look up their lawsuits. They are like if Trump got lucky and started a successful business.

Apr 25th, 2016
Bill Simms

Always fantastic

Always fantastic

Mar 31st, 2019
Deb Dellaposta

Jammy cherry and blackberry. Baking spices and slight eucalyptus.

Jammy cherry and blackberry. Baking spices and slight eucalyptus.

May 27th, 2018
Keren Cedillos

Best I’ve had in a long time!

Best I’ve had in a long time!

Feb 5th, 2018