A blackberry hue, with scents of rich leather, cooked caramel, berries and forest floor. Youthfully forward on the palate, supple and appealing with rich concentration. Tannins are abundant, yet fine, and persist throughout a layering of textural sensation. The richness of this wine correlates with the fine dust of the Napa Valley soils. Finish expresses oak (French barrel) and Caymus fruit-forward impressions. This wine is tannic, rich and squared off by our signature suppleness.
Staying true to the Wagner family’s tradition, they only use exceptional parcels of fruit that are worthy of our Special Selection designation.
Over the years Caymus Cabernet has developed its own unique style, centering our focus on dark color, fine grain, chalky rich tannins, and an array of flavors. How did the “house style” emerge? Well, a steep learning curve exists -‐‑ and the Caymus team gets excited about the right things -‐‑ such as finding inroads in both viticulture and winemaking, often employing out-‐‑of-‐‑the-‐‑box thinking. Their proactive innovations have been key to this style and feel that within the natural greatness of Napa lies plenty of room for creative juices and world-class wine.
California and the Napa Valley have some advantages over winemakers in countries where an AOC (appellation of controlled origin) exists. Here, they have the freedom to make choices about where to plant each varietal, we can choose our own harvest date, regulate yield of a vineyard and irrigate vines when they need water. This “freedom to choose” spills over to better wines and points towards a very bright future. Their cabernet wines are produced from eight of Napa’s sixteen sub-‐‑appellations and are made up of 75% valley floor fruit and 25% from elevated, mountainous sites. Chuck Wagner often stands back and admires the Napa Valley and its deserving status in the wine world, its many great soils and very reliable climate that’s hard to beat -‐‑ and they try to bring that all together in their wine.