My mouth waters when I say the name Caymus. I feel a pavlovian response when I hear the name and see the grape bunch on their label. My mind conjures the rich, inky initial flavors fading softly into velvet tannins…pause…swallow…smile…repeat. So goes the job of enjoying a bottle of Caymus Special Selection Cabernet.
Recently the Wagner family celebrated their 40th year of producing Cabernet from their iconic vineyards in Rutherford, California (near Napa). They are about as authentic of a wine family as you can imagine. The founders were Charlie and Lorna Belle Glos Wagner who emigrated from Alsace, France and Rheinpfalz, Germany. Now, their son Chuck and other grandchildren run the winery along with a number of other tasty wine ventures. The Wagner family, remarkably, still exclusively controls the winery. Kudos to the Wagners.
The name Caymus is not a family name though. It is named after the land on which the winery was originally built, called Rancho Caymus in the original land grant from George Yount back in the 1830’s. Their original source of fruit is the “FAY” vineyard in Stag’s Leap which is one of my favorite, consistent vineyards in California.
The world has changed with the growth of cult wines and super-extracted Cabernet monsters that compete with food rather than compliment it. Despite the evolution, Caymus Special Select has maintained its restraint, approach and for me, long lasting appeal. Parker, Wine Spectator and everyone else with a tongue tend to agree virtually every year…Caymus delivers.
And by the way, so do we at GiftTree. We have a number of gifts that feature Caymus Special Selection Cabernet and other Caymus wines. If you know someone who is turning 40 (or any other age over 21 for that matter), give them a Caymus wine from GiftTree. I’m sure you won’t have any trouble getting invited over to enjoy it with them.
Have you had a chance to taste Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon? If you’re a cabernet drinker, what’s your go-to?