Featured Producer & Wine (s) on Rick's WineSite Journal

Producer: Caymus
Appellation: Napa Valley
Featured Wine (s):

Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker (s): Chuck Wagner


Journal entries: Date, Wine, Rating, Price, Comments
Feb 28, 2004 - Caymus Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 $75
Cherry, currant and anise with a smokey mocha and earthy finish that falls off too quickly.
RM 89.

Oct 18, 2003 - Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 WS 93 RM 86 $65 Waited too long? Still holding  the Special Select that got a huge rating (99) for this vintage. A hint remains of black cherry giving way to smokey  earthiness setting in perhaps taking over the fruit due to age. Lends credence to arguments that this label tends to be over-rated and over-priced. 

Feb 22, 2003 - Summary highlights of California Cabernet tasting event at DG Wineshop - Flight included: Caymus Special Select 1998, Dominus 1999, Fisher Coach Insignia 1999,  Heitz Trailside 1997, Justin Isosecles 1999, Mayacamas 1997, Showket 1998, Stonehedge 1997,  Ristow 1998/99, and Rodney Strong Symmetry 1998.  Several of the group of 40+ tasters favored the Isosceles and the Mayacamas. My ranking was topped by the Caymus, clearly the most sophisticated wine with a broad symphony of polished and well balanced flavors of currant, blackberry, leather and plum with a huge long smooth finish - RM 93-94.  See pictures of the evening and more comments on my FORUM.

June 19, 2002 - Caymus 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley WS 91 RM 91 $70 Dark purple, polished, well balanced, layers of blackberry, cedar, mocha, and herb. Tasted w/ TR, CC, PP, AP, and JR at Butler GC.
Dec 11, 2001 - 1995 Mer Soleil Chardonnay - A special selection from Chuck Wagner Caymus Vineyards;
June 25, 2001 - 1995 Mer Soleil Chardonnay - A special selection from Chuck Wagner Caymus Vineyards;
March 17, 2000 - Caymus 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley  (WS 90) (RM92) ($70) Smooth, soft, full fruit with a black cherry, currant, pear, and toasty oak flavor and a nice finish. While this wine is wonderful and plentiful with 26k cases produced its overpriced relative to the wealth of quality selections available for less however on the Omaha Prime wine list in Omaha its the best selection and a good value. No Special Selection was produced in 96 so the 'select' grapes are found in the Estate. WS says it lacks complexity and fullness relative to other vintages but I found it very much in character to my other tasting experiences such as the 91 vintage which I hold in my cellar. Rick w/ Bob G., Ann K., Cathy R., Steve H., Dan C.
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