Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3220 ratings
8.914 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
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Too much jam in this guy this time around

Too much jam in this guy this time around

1 person found it helpfulJul 9th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

2009, when Caymus still made wine in their traditional style. Starting with their 12 vintage, they started to let their fruit hang on the vine much longer...just before the grapes begin a shriveled phase. This raises the sugar levels(Brixs) and produces a much sweeter grape/wine. Too sweet for me. This 09 is beginning to see nice evolution but has many years ahead of it before it hits it's peak. The tannins are still very present but beginning to lose their teeth. It's classic in their old style. Dark cassis; of dry and juicy blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, olallieberries, Asian spices, touch of herbs, lots of baking spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, vanilla, black tea, black licorice, dry dark florals, dry crushed volcanic rocks, dark turned soil, stems, leathery, tobacco, nice acidity, strong structure & length, good balance & length. The finish is dry & juicy fruit with loads of spice and baking spices, it sticks on your palate, is round, full bodied and lasts over a minute. Two hours in the decanter and it's still improving.

2009, when Caymus still made wine in their traditional style. Starting with their 12 vintage, they started to let their fruit hang on the vine much longer...just before the grapes begin a shriveled phase. This raises the sugar levels(Brixs) and produces a much sweeter grape/wine. Too sweet for me. This 09 is beginning to see nice evolution but has many years ahead of it before it hits it's peak. The tannins are still very present but beginning to lose their teeth. It's classic in their old style. Dark cassis; of dry and juicy blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, olallieberries, Asian spices, touch of herbs, lots of baking spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, vanilla, black tea, black licorice, dry dark florals, dry crushed volcanic rocks, dark turned soil, stems, leathery, tobacco, nice acidity, strong structure & length, good balance & length. The finish is dry & juicy fruit with loads of spice and baking spices, it sticks on your palate, is round, full bodied and lasts over a minute. Two hours in the decanter and it's still improving.

Feb 19th, 2017
Roy Goble

Seems like a good day for comfort food.

Seems like a good day for comfort food.

Jan 21st, 2017
Carl Fischer

Had forgotten how good and reliable this is. Popped and poured - drinking great now with a long life still ahead of it. Super full bodied, great concentration of fruit, silky tannins.

Had forgotten how good and reliable this is. Popped and poured - drinking great now with a long life still ahead of it. Super full bodied, great concentration of fruit, silky tannins.

Jan 2nd, 2016
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Jammy with sweet, well integrated oak.

Jammy with sweet, well integrated oak.

Aug 16th, 2014
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Even better than the 08 SS

Even better than the 08 SS

Feb 12th, 2014
Bob Barry

General Manager Winebow

8.6

I'm rating this for Bob- Caitlin Luyster

I'm rating this for Bob- Caitlin Luyster

Dec 29th, 2013
Carter White

When first opened, a good and interesting wine, although not worth the price. However, after about half an hour, the wine died. Disappointing.

When first opened, a good and interesting wine, although not worth the price. However, after about half an hour, the wine died. Disappointing.

Dec 25th, 2019
Ian Riach

Before I came to France Ugo mentioned he kind of misses the big US cabs. So I brought this big boy over from Toronto. BIG boy is right. Tres jammy upfront and lots of leather and some tobacco/spice at the end. Smooth, round, classic Napa offering.

Before I came to France Ugo mentioned he kind of misses the big US cabs. So I brought this big boy over from Toronto. BIG boy is right. Tres jammy upfront and lots of leather and some tobacco/spice at the end. Smooth, round, classic Napa offering.

Jul 17th, 2018
DUSTIN SUGASA

More time...good...but kind of tasted like alcoholic grape juice.

More time...good...but kind of tasted like alcoholic grape juice.

May 5th, 2018