Caymus Vineyards

Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.43103 ratings
9.2360 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
Shay A
9.3

My last of a three pack, and this shockingly drinks almost identical to my last bottle over four years ago.

Lovely deep red in the glass with bricking around the rim. Fig bar, sweet black cherries and tobacco aromatics. Ripe red and black fruits on the palate...not over ripe, but definitely sweet. Channeling more of a cherry liqueur and concentrated mid-palate as it ages. Close to fully integrated. Quite smooth and still a lot of fruit playing a primary role, but it’s not getting any better. More sexy than intellectual (nothing wrong with either).

I’d imagine this will hold in this window for another couple years and then decline, but I didn’t expect it to hold in this same window for almost five years. Drink up.

My last of a three pack, and this shockingly drinks almost identical to my last bottle over four years ago.

Lovely deep red in the glass with bricking around the rim. Fig bar, sweet black cherries and tobacco aromatics. Ripe red and black fruits on the palate...not over ripe, but definitely sweet. Channeling more of a cherry liqueur and concentrated mid-palate as it ages. Close to fully integrated. Quite smooth and still a lot of fruit playing a primary role, but it’s not getting any better. More sexy than intellectual (nothing wrong with either).

I’d imagine this will hold in this window for another couple years and then decline, but I didn’t expect it to hold in this same window for almost five years. Drink up.

Jan 2nd, 2024
Conrad Green

Plush and blowsy. Plum, violets, strawberry, black cherry. A pretty open knit fruit bomb. Quite high alcohol and a soft finish. Lacks a little structure and personality.

Plush and blowsy. Plum, violets, strawberry, black cherry. A pretty open knit fruit bomb. Quite high alcohol and a soft finish. Lacks a little structure and personality.

Oct 24th, 2023
Thomas Hughes

I was disappointed with my last Caymus Special Selection vintage, but this beauty brought me back to a bottle that won Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of the Year ... Twice!! Incredible fruit and balance. This can be cellared and enjoyed for years to come. Cheers!!

I was disappointed with my last Caymus Special Selection vintage, but this beauty brought me back to a bottle that won Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of the Year ... Twice!! Incredible fruit and balance. This can be cellared and enjoyed for years to come. Cheers!!

11 people found it helpfulMay 9th, 2015
Ray Denis

The good stuff. Saving it for a special occasion, or until some drunk person accidentally opens it.

The good stuff. Saving it for a special occasion, or until some drunk person accidentally opens it.

5 people found it helpfulApr 28th, 2015
Kevin Ortzman

Imagine a baked black and blueberry pie with the appropriate spices.

Imagine a baked black and blueberry pie with the appropriate spices.

3 people found it helpfulNov 12th, 2016
Joel Holland

Very nice nose of deep, dark fruit--plum, prune, blackberry. Taste is amazingly smooth. No pepper or spice, but a nice thick taste of black cherry and prune, with a long lasting aftertaste of caramel toffee. A very nice wine, but wish it had a little more spice.

Very nice nose of deep, dark fruit--plum, prune, blackberry. Taste is amazingly smooth. No pepper or spice, but a nice thick taste of black cherry and prune, with a long lasting aftertaste of caramel toffee. A very nice wine, but wish it had a little more spice.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 21st, 2016
Daniel Mahdavian

Consulting Somm-Daniel Mahdavian Ventures

9.5

Cedar. Smoked meat. Hint of vanil. Dirt. Leaves. Barrique. Maturity & finesse.

Cedar. Smoked meat. Hint of vanil. Dirt. Leaves. Barrique. Maturity & finesse.

3 people found it helpfulAug 26th, 2015
Christine Havens

The 2012 Caymus Special Selection made for long-term cellaring, this wine is pure hedonism. Concentrated, tooth-staining, utterly seductive layers of blackberry compote and plum, satiny crème de cassis, cedar and woodsmoke are woven together by fine, grippy tannins. There is a lot of power and finesse here, and it ends with a dusting of cocoa powder and the promise of many years to come.

The 2012 Caymus Special Selection made for long-term cellaring, this wine is pure hedonism. Concentrated, tooth-staining, utterly seductive layers of blackberry compote and plum, satiny crème de cassis, cedar and woodsmoke are woven together by fine, grippy tannins. There is a lot of power and finesse here, and it ends with a dusting of cocoa powder and the promise of many years to come.

3 people found it helpfulAug 25th, 2015
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.6

Holding up nicely. Called 90 Napa Cab.

Holding up nicely. Called 90 Napa Cab.

3 people found it helpfulJun 18th, 2014
Kyle Schlachter

Writer Colorado Wine Press

9.5

Quite delicious...

Quite delicious...

3 people found it helpfulApr 20th, 2014