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Caymus

Cabernet Sauvignon,
 2019

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Description

Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. This Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Caymus Vineyards
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.6%

Winemaker's Notes

Caymus Cabernet has aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through “hang time” – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to “hang” on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet

John's Notes

In response to multiple requests, I just received a shipment of Caymus Cab Sauv 2019, possibly the “best vintage in recent times” according to Wilfred Wong based on his Jan 29, 2021 tasting. This bottle is so new to market that during a call with the Wagner Family of Wines, I was advised that its marketing team is still a week or two away from posting trade specs for this vintage to its website.  Definitely a must-have for Valentine’s Day!

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Caymus Vineyards, winemaker Chuck Wagner

  • In 1972, Chuck Wagner started Caymus Vineyards with his parents, a humble plan and an uncharted future
  • They established their own winery and decided to name it “Caymus Vineyards,” after a Mexican land grant owned by George Yount that had once encompassed their land
  • It was their 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon that really put them on the map. Catching the attention of wine critics, it earned them recognition and acclaim. That was the day the phone started to ring and it hasn’t stopped since

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley, California

Climate/Vintage:

  • The Vaca Mountains run along the eastern side of Napa Valley, while the Mayacamas Mountains run along the west and form a boundary with Sonoma County. Accordingly, Napa County has a range of climates and is subject to cooling influences including morning fogs, afternoon breezes, and various altitudes

Viticulture:

  • We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year
  • Roughly 25% of the grapes come from hillside sites, and 75% of the grapes come from the Napa Valley floor. We have found that the dark, solid core and backbone of the hillside grapes blends perfectly with the supple qualities of those from the valley floor
  • Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine’s fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices
  • Caymus Cabernet has aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through “hang time” – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to “hang” on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes

Alcohol: 14.6%

Pairs Well With: Filet Mignon, Wagyu beef, sharp aged cheddar

Reviews

Wilfred Wong (93): The just-released 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet could be the 49th vintage of this iconic brand I have tasted (I’ll have to check my notes, I may have missed one or two)—my favorites have been the 1972 and 1973 vintages. Over the last two decades, the wines have amused me as they have taken intriguing turns in the road. The 2019 vintage, the winery’s best in recent times, is exciting and profound. This wine shows up with the lasting power of black fruit and licorice. Its layers of persistent and formidable fruit could turn a semi-vegetarian into a carnivore. January 29, 2021

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