Strained for sediment (had some) and decanted approx. 30 min. ... Deep purple, bordering on black. Velvety smooth, blueberry cream is the predominant note here. Rich and plush, with a very dry backbone, but not much acid. Some nutmeg spice and a smidge of earth. Started a bit hot, but blew off as the evening wore on. This is all about the fruit and the lush, plush texture. Definitely not something I'd want everyday, there's a certain pleasure to this as a cocktail wine type sipper. Absolutely representative of the style the winery popularized, this is an easy drinking, if quite polarizing, pour. For me, there's just (barely) enough backbone to keep this interesting, others that we shared it with declared it their all-time favorite wine. But it's hard to argue with those who call it a blueberry milkshake fruit bomb. It's also hard to suggest it's an even halfway decent QPR at $50+. Still, once or twice a year, it's an enjoyable porch or fireside tipple.
I don't know if it's deliberate or just happened, but to me Caymus has morphed to a fruit forward, drink-em-young, no-need-to-wait kinda' CAb. Recent offerings are a bit on the sweet side for me, but guests absolutely love 'em when I open them up, so I'm drinking these young.
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