Saturday, March 16, 2013

Caymus Napa Valley 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Caymus Napa Valley 2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, $110.49-$129.99, 94 points, needs to have a prolog, because it's epic! This is a big blast, a furlong deep red wine, a massive masterpiece that overwhelms itself with anise; black at the core and nearly black at the clear rim, but transitions purple.
The aroma is big too, there's bright dusty cedar, spirited cooking spice, cinnamon and clove, but the fruit notes are black and beautiful.
This fullest of full-bodied wines shines with bright acidity and rolling approachable tannin. Flavors are deep and robust black fruit, with a dominant black currant trailed by blackberry, plum, and are accentuated by brandy notes (14.9% alcohol).
The 2009 Special Selection Cabernet is an amplifier of a wine, magnifying spice to the 10 decibel level.
Finishes long on a fading palate that gathers spice, eucalyptus, and menthol.
Is there more to this wine? Yes! The grownups in the wine world will discover a seemingly endless descriptor well when drinking-and-telling about this inky wine from California.
I'll, on the other hand, use it as a learning experience; tasting a wine is the only way to know a wine!
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  1. I was gifted one of these a while ago and it's sitting calmly in the cellar. I don't know when to open it. Do you think it needs more cellaring? Did you decant?

    1. John, I would say this wine is ready to drink now, and probably for years to come. There is a considerable amount of material (sediment) at the bottom of this wine.
      Special occasion denotes different things to different people, and in my book, which lists almost any reason to celebrate, I just had to open something "special."
      In my humble opinion, the Groth Reserve was a better balanced wine, and it had more of an elegance of deep simplicity. a harmony of flavor, but I see WE? gave this one 97 points. I'll wait to get your educated assessment!