Decanted for 2 hours. Last bottle was better. This bottle had less complexity and less friut than normal. Maybe just a "bad" bottle (bad is not really the right word to describe it). Was still very good. 93 pts
Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for two hours. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, currant, mocha and spice. Black cherry, mocha, spice and smooth tannins combine on the palate. Velvety texture with long persistence. Full bodied. Fruit forward style. Paired with Greek tenderloin.
A small casual Wisconsin restaurant has several great cabs at ridiculous, retail or less prices. The owner says he likes people to try great wines so he sells a few from his cellar in the restaurant. I asked about the 08 Caymus Special Selection ($100) and there was one bottle left. Yes! Opened with a spectacularly aromatic nose. Needed about 30 minutes in decanter to settle down and evolved over next hour; big fruit with a little cigar and leather and a very lush, velvety texture. Might get more complex but this was great fun to drink.
Decanted 2+ hrs. Had with a 2008 Far Niente, so nice contrast. So big and beautiful . Dark purple. Amazing nose with fragrances of . Big fruit on palate and even a hint of spice and dark pepper. Altho bold and big, it has incredible balance and a long finish.
The problem with opening a wine of this stature is that expectations get blown up way out of proportion. I gave it 1 1/2 hours to open up expecting to be wowed, especially after reading prior reviews, and I wasn't. It was good, but not great. For $100 plus, it should have been great. Too much fruit masked the layers and complexity.
Using Coravin decanted a glass and a half of this. Allowed it to breathe. Rich dark fruits in the nose and clearly on the palate. Tannins 7/10. Rich and smooth tannins with lots of life for many, many years. I am glad I have a whole case of these.
A classic fruit forward bomb with a powerful seductive body.
Dark and young, it mostly sends floral aromas. The fruit is there, like a little baby grape, yearning to be more. There is a hint of leather, and chocolate, and inky volatility. The tannins grip on to a sweetness that is a little immature. Hold unless you have more to try. 10 years this will start to fly.
Fruit bomb! Delicious. Black raspberry, licorice, currant on the nose. A bit strong upon opening but leveled out after about an hour in a decanter. Very velvety, smooth finish. Delicious. It paired wonderfully with a dry-aged porterhouse, mushrooms and some truffled potatoes.
A Holiday Weekend BBQ (or "How I milked my birthday an extra few days") (Rancho de Los Olivos): Truth be told, I was focused on another bottle when I asked my friend to open the magnum of '95 Caymus SS I had just taken out of the cellar, not knowing that a generous guest had brought me a mag of the '08 as a gift and left it on the tasting table. Naturally the latter was popped, oh well. Too much oak on the palate for my taste at this stage, but should bloom into a stellar wine. Black currants, espresso and sweet tannins. Very full bodied and robust.
This is consistant with the Caymus Special Selection brand. Pure opulance and top tier Napa Cab definition. Elegant nose, well crafted, dark fruit with a balance of spice and vanilla notes. The mid and finish are well defined. Beautiful tannins that are soft and yet do not dissappoint. One cannot go wrong in opening now or ten years.
30 minute decant at restaurant; very dark, with fair amount of sediment... Lush, dark fruit jumps from the glass with rich palate of fig, cherry and dark chocolate. Medium-long herbal notes on the finish. This is a very satisfying and luxurious CAb! Fantastic.
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The very nice and inviting nose has cassis, roasted herbs, baking spices, fresh ground dark roast coffee, dried herbs, cherry, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of eucalyptus. This has medium to full body with big, ripe tannins and good acidity. The wine is rich and plush on the palate with loads of crushed berries, baking spices, and dark chocolate. There are dried herbs and cherries coming in on the backend filling out the palate and adding depth. The finish is long and rich with a bit of vanilla creeping in as well a some eucalyptus and dark chocolate. This is delicious right now but with all the richness, I don't know if this will be one to hold long term. I'd advise enjoying over the next several years.
I love pairing this wine with a well prepared standing rib roast. We will open several bottles with Christmas Dinner. The wine is deep Garnet colored. Aroma of Blackberry, oak, and is full body. The wine has Smooth texture and finishes Long.
This was like an exceptional meal. Dark, lush and rich Cabernet. Gritty tannins on the teeth. Heavy in the mouth, full of dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla. Finsh that lasted 60 seconds or more. So delicious I could get enough...
Very dark red color. Drank 1+ glasses with winery rep over 30 minutes. Slow O for an hour. This took some coaxing in the glass for about 15 minutes, but when it came out to play, it was delicious. Nose shows creme de cassis, mulberry, red fruits, vanilla, cedar, chocolate. Palate is consistent, velvety smooth on the palate with a feminine style and elegance. Long finish. Classy and balanced.
Rich berry fruit, concentrated, and full bodied...this is a spectacular Napa Cab. Hints of mocha, chocolate with a nose of currant and wild berries. This is a real treat that will likely get more complex with age.
I am a big fan of this style, full bodied fruit forward cab with several layers of sweet notes through the midpalate, my sense is more red berries on the front hints of plum, midpalate has vanilla and cocoa notes, finish was solid but holding back a better rating, could use some time to intensify the finish, this is bottle is still very young, definitely decant an hour, but it is far peak and could use several years and should improve. mid 90s. -S
Popped and poured. Aromas of candied red cherry, vanilla and spice. Initial flavors of currant and fresh cherry and alcohol. This is still too young and hasn't come together yet. Served with prime rib.
This is full and absolutely rich, however, not in an absurd way. The finish glides for a minute and the unctuous layers show such evident plateaus. Exotic cassis on the front of a deep nose, also showing blackberry, cherry liqueur, coconut, cedar and chocolate. I also get some plum on the palate and tannins are of pure, soft velvet. The freshness really exhibits how such an endowed wine can also embody elegance; I get no heat. Decanted for three hours and this is almost black. The best Caymus of this decade, with the '07 being a close second (95 pts). Drink 2013 - 2028.
Holiday Dickerson Tasting (Dickerson): Tasted Very very young. Tannins need to settle still but it has the stuffing to stand up to it. Will balance very nicely with a little age. I'm usually not a lover of Caymus, but this was a very well made wine and will make a lot of people happy. Still I think it's over priced
Caymus Vineyards Wine Dinner (Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, TX): Cassis, cocoa, and plum on the nose with some slightly earthy herbal notes. Rich, tooth-staining palate with dusty tannins. Best in 3 to 4 years. A nice wine, but too ripe for my tastes. Interestingly, this is the first vintage of Special Selection that is blended with Merlot (a full 14%). Having tasted the 1987 Special Selection on the same day, I can honestly say I prefer the older, less ripe style to this modern, overripe one.
A little disappointed. The finish left you with a mineral/herbal taste which I have never detected before with Caymus. I need to do a blind with the SS and regular Caymus, don't believe there is much of a difference. Good bottle of wine but not worth the upgrade.
Nice nose of blackberries and blueberries with a hint of cream. Big and fruit forward on the palate, but not over the top. Gobs of blackberries dominate with some plums and vanilla cream. Lacking a bit of the complexity that the 07 Caymus Special Selection has, but still a real solid bottle of wine. I will say that I don't know how much better this will get with time though...I'd say it's only got a couple years of improvement ahead of it.
Decanted about two hours. Deep, dark purple color. Cassis, roasted herbs, cherry, dark chocolate, fresh ground espresso, vanilla, and some baking spice on the nice nose. Medium to full body with big, ripe tannins and good acidity. More dark chocolate on the palate then the nose led me to believe which complimented the fruit and herbs. Long finish full of the spicy fruit and dark chocolate with nice vanilla over tones. Very young but delicious now. How will this age? I can't see this lasting a decade another, so drink through 2020, but error on the side of drinking early.
Very dense structure and needs a significant time to open up (as of tasting date). Concentrated flavors of blueberry, black currant, mocha. Layered and complex with a bold, muscular, fruit forward character. Has a whopping mid palate and finishes long. Drink between 2012 to 2025. This doesn't vary much from the Caymus Cab '08, which would give the latter great value. However, this would pale in comparison to the '04 Special Selection in terms of flavor, complexity, and longevity.
This gem came out of Tyler's cellar. My first-ever Caymus SS. Delicious. Would have thought it needed a decant given its youth. But it drank well from first pop and took on more weight and nuance during the hour we lingered over it. Cassis, kirsch liqueur, buckets of blackberries, with a prominently oaky finish that may may recede over time. An almost vanilla-cream nose and palate that, again, might reflect the fact that the oak hogs too much of the limelight right now. Gentle tannins. My guess is that it will drink well through 2016.
Perfume candy, cherry prune on the nose. Silky, velvety mouthfeel. Light on its feet. Oak is well integrated, but the fruit is just solid, it doesn't force its way into the mixd. Relatively hidden acid, but there is a pulse. In the end, it just doesn't have the density or finish to be a classic wine to me. Lots of new world goodness, and definitely a step up and much more elegant than their standard cabernet however.
Cali Cab tasting (Schaumburg Binny's): Dark purple in color. Just like the '09 caymus estate bottling this had a gorgeous nose of plums, mocha/coffee and a menthol component. Palate staining dark fruit with vanilla and chocolate. Tannins are well hidden behind the fruit. Nice smooth sexy finish.
Tasted at the WS Grand Tour in Boston. I enjoyed this very much. Bursting with fruit flavors but not overpowering. Tannins are ever present but this a relatively young wine. I will put this on my wish list to taste in the future. It will only get better.
Color is deep purple to the rim. Strong nose leaps out of the glass. Dark back fruits, medium plus body. Expansive finish with vanilla lingering. This is my first Special Selction and would say that I am a believer. Love this wine.
A very big cab that almost stings your mouth with layers of intense fruit. The wine pours to opaque redish/purple with long legs and by the end of the bottle had staiend the restaurant's wine glasses. Nose was red and balck fruit competing to get noticed by being bigger/louder than one another. Fruit is everywhere on the palate and obscures the tannins. The acidity creates a nice balance in the finish ... the initial impression and mouth feel is a bit jammy. This cab still needs some time to settle down as after each tasting it would take moments for the taste buds in my mouth to settle down. 5/5+12/15+18/20+8/10= 93
I'm not usually prone to open CA Cab, but it fit this dinner. Huge fruit, very very full red and blue fruit palate. Tannins were there, but nearly concealed. This will last a long time and kept improving in the glass. I very much like this wine and it blew away the 08 Schrader CCS we had with it. I'm not going to stock up on it, but will order it off the menu next time someone wants a good CA cab.
First time having this wine... decanted for 2+ hours. Consumed over 2 nights. On the first night, we were very surprised by this. Big, fruity style, very smooth and polished but also seeming to lack any structure and complexity. A bit jammy, and to be honest not very interesting. We decided to hold the second half of the bottle for the next night to see if it would open up or gain something... On night 2, it was basically the same wine. A bit more approachable and not as 'in your face' as on the first night. But still syrupy, simple and uninteresting.
Bought this at CostCo for $99. Glad I did not pay more for this, but really disappointed. Hard to believe this is a 'sought after' Napa wine. This seemed like a textbook example of what many people feel is wrong with Napa Cabs. Anyway, took a chance with the help of a big discount, but won't be trying this again.
Bloody good bottle, the best 08 so far. Nose of black licorice and cherry, intermixed with loam and sage. Mouthfeel was warm, full bodied, and full of ripe fruit. Again hints of licorice and black currant on the palate, with a long, fruity finish, like a well made, not too sweet cherry pie. Just delicious.
WOW! This wine is about as good as it gets! It's like sex in a glass....... It is dark, bold, jammy, in your face wine, with a great finish! I would say this is one of the best bottles of wine I have drank in 2008, so far.
This wine is really tight and showing an abundance of spices. Firm tannins, cherry, oak and floral notes. Medium to long finish. This is a wine to revisit in 5 years to see if amounts to a higher score but for the price I pass on this wine.
Very young at this point. Tasted with 12 other high quality California cabs. Deep purple all the way to the rim. Nose was bright with a hint of sweet vanilla, plum, and forest. Nicely balanced taste with cedar, sweet cherry and raisin. Finish was a little bitter. High acidity and tannins. Wine needs time in the bottle to smooth out. Still, it was some very nice juice. 90 - 92+
This has all the elements to be a great Cabernet, a special Caymus. There's talk of 2008 being a milestone vintage. But this wine is not ready yet. Wait, give it time, at least a year or two. Had to try it since we've added so much to our cellar. I'm glad we did, wish we waited.