Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 1.5L
Hot on the heels of Robert Parker giving the regular Caymus 2012 bottling a whopping 96 points, we predict that the 2012 Special Select is bound to be given a 98-100 point score from him. By the time the nearly perfect, or possibly perfect 100 point score comes out, this wine will either be sold out, or at best, will be offered at a much higher price. The Special Select is always a darker, richer and more complex wine than the regular Napa offering with more structured tannins and longer aging potential. 2012 should go down in history as the greatest S.S. since the inaugural 1975 vintage.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection has a dense blackish/purple color and creamy, sweet crème de cassis fruit, blackberries, a touch of graphite and vanilla, This exuberant, boisterous, in-your-face style of Cabernet Sauvignon is clearly a fruit bomb, so be warned. Full-bodied and opulent with stunning concentration and richness, the wine has no hard edges and is much in the Caymus style of terrific fruit intensity (most of it black and blue), voluptuous texture, and a stunning finish with plenty of glycerin, wood and spice. The alcohol on the label is listed at 14.8%, which seems about accurate. I have Caymus Special Selection in my cellar back to some of the historic wines made by Chuck Wagner's father in the early 1970s, and while the style's gotten more precocious and consumer-friendly, these wines, even the more latter-day styles, have a tendency to age beautifully. This can be drunk now, or cellared for 20+ years.
Wine SpectatorExhibits a delicious, up-front core of juicy dark berry, blackberry, black licorice and creamy, toasty, vanilla-scented oak. Appropriately tannic and structured, this is made in a style you can drink now or cellar for up to a decade. Drink now through 2026. 17,068 cases made.