A bottle I had less than a year ago was still OK, so I assumed this one would be too. I couldn't have been more wrong. This was beyond dead. It was dead and rapidly decaying. For a Cabernet that's this expensive, from a producer this exalted, this is inexcusable. I know that 2004 Cabernets from people like Pride and Chappellet are just now hitting their peak, yet this comparably priced 2005 is DOA? Because of their weird 2012, I had just about decided to stop buying Caymus Cabernets. With this one, that decision is no longer tentative.
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is little sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis), fig and strawberry jam. It tastes like red currant and vanilla. The body is medium/full. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has low acidity. Rich and structured, aged beautifully. Only a step behind Special Select, wish I bought more years ago.
Deep garnet color. Essence of tabacco, licorice, chocolate, pencil lead and toast. Really nice layers of toast, ripe figs, blackberries and currant. Very soft tannins. The last few bottles in our cellar should be consumed within the year.
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