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Top Vintages Produced:
Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley:
1975, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley:
1984, 1987, 1994, 2002, 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Cabernet Sauvignon (100%).
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Cabernet Sauvignon (100%).
Zinfandel, Napa Valley – Zinfandel (90%), Petite Sirah (10%).
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles Wagner. The vineyard, situated on the family's estate in
the Rutherford District of the Napa Valley, is particularly known for its 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been released every year since the first production of just 240 cases in
1972, with production remaining at the same level since the 1989 vintage. The first Special Selection Cabernet
Sauvignon was made in 1975 and it is produced from outstanding lots that have been given extended barrel ageing.
Since 1984, Charles Wagner’s son, Chuck, has directed the innovative viticultural practices at Caymus.
Renowned amongst wine enthusiasts, both father and son were elected to Wine Spectator’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 2007, Chuck Wagner also received the Wine Spectator’s ‘Distinguished Service Award’.
Viticulture and Vinification
The Wagners' 60 acre vineyard forms the foundation of the two Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
However, Chuck Wagner is a great believer in a achieving complexity and layered flavours by blending
fruit from multiple plots. For this reason, he has taken over the farming of other select vineyards
throughout Napa Valley. These vineyards vary in location, ranging from the valley floor to mountain
slopes. In addition, Wagner purchases grapes from other Napa Valley growers who have long been
associated with the winery.
Each site is tended according to its specific soil type, climate, slope and orientation. During
harvest, these vineyards are picked in successive tries in order to select the ripest grapes during
each pass. Great attention is also paid to the vinification process. Maceration times, fermentation
temperatures, the type and toast level of French oak barrels, and the length of barrel ageing are all
Caymus’ Special Selection has the unprecedented honour of twice being selected as Wine Spectator’s
‘Wine of the Year’ for both the 1984 and 1990 vintages.
- Cabernet Sauvignon takes up the majority of the plantings, with a small amount of Zinfandel.
- Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Zinfandel, Napa Valley – usually 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah.
Order top vintages of Caymus
- Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002: (96 RP)
"Fabulous purity, sweet tannin, decent acidity, and perfect equilibrium... this is a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon..." – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
- Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004: (95 RP)
"This is a seamless, full-bodied, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate
- Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004: (92 RP)
"A beautiful 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon...that begs for drinking over the next decade..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate