Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 1.5L

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 1.5L

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Caymus Special Selection is Caymus Vineyard's flagship wine and is the only wine that the Wine Spectator has named #1 Wine of the Year during two different years, for the 1984 and 1990 vintages. Only made in the best vintages, typically of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and always from the best barrels of the vintage, Special Selection is the pinnacle of quality in Napa Valley red wine. The 2012 vintage marks 37 years since the release of the first vintage of Special Selection as well as Caymus' 40th anniversary as a winery. 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 one of the greatest S.S. since the inaugural 1975 vintage.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Caymus
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
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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.

Robert Parker, December 2015
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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.

James Laube, October 15, 2015

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