Red

2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 414

  • night train wrote: 87 points

    June 22, 2019 - Vanilla latte

  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 7, 2019 - I corvined this last weekend and put it back in storage for tonight. I had a very different experience & thoughts on this wine last weekend un-decanted. This is wine comes from a period when I loved Caymus. After 2011 when they started picking later and at higher brix’s, they lost me but, got higher Parker scores and rave words from people that like sweeter Cabernet that drinks young.

    Last weekend without a decant, very dominate bright cherries and vanilla.

    Tonight, the nose reveals; dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominate, baked strawberries, black licorice, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, underbrush, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets.

    The body is full, sexy, gorgeous and voluptuous. The structure, tension, length and balance are at the start of its high point with another 7-10 years of good drinking ahead. Dark, slightly syrupy currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy, black raspberries, blueberries, black plum with lots of skin dominating, baked strawberries, black licorice to deep anise, vanilla, some clove and a touch nutmeg, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, dark spices with just a touch of palate heat, underbrush, used leather, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, volcanic minerals, black tea, touch of black coffee expresso, liqueur/dark berry cola, used leather, hints of graphite with ruby, fresh, dark, fresh, dark, red, blue florals with violets. The acidity is like a needed waterfall shower. The long finish is, deep, dark, well balanced, elegant, ruby, ripe, polished and persists endlessly.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had an older Caymus and I’ve missed it. This is a very good example of why I used to adore Caymus.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • DrBad Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 31, 2019 - Opulent, lush, hot, spicy wine. Not for the faint of heart but I like Caymus and my wife loves Caymus, so we drink Caymus :) Warm aromas of bright berries and cedar. This is rich and full bodied and high octane. Berries, plum, licorice and light leather to start off, with medium, smooth, well integrated tannins. After an hour or so the signature Caymus vanilla, oak and caramel started poking through more, not as intensely as in more recent vintages.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jenmermaidia wrote: 88 points

    May 26, 2019 - Maybe a bad bottle or maybe I am just not a fan. On opening, very ‘pruney’ and fruit had a stewed note. The fruit changed with some air and the aromatics opened up to a rich black fruit profile and I thought it was going to be good. But overwhelming vanilla sort of ruined it. Tannins were smooth but alcohol was hot hot hot and not well integrated. My experience does not match the other notes here so not sure what was going on.

  • Snag One Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 2, 2019 - Pleasant nose consisting of blackberries, pepper, cherries and licorice. Very soft tannins with subtle acidity. On the pallet there were layers of cocoa, mint, bing cherries, peppercorns and toast. Very nice wine that is approaching it's peak.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Caymus
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 017224703105, 017224705109, 017224706106, 017224707103, 017224710103, 017224712107, 461120297501

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 25 (0%)
  • In Cellars 6,304 (54%)
  • Consumed 5,261 (45%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Beef, Epoise cheese, slow cooked top sirloin oast, yorkshire pudding

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94% Like It  145 votes

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