About this WINE
The Wagner family has been farming in the Napa valley since 1941 although it was not until the 1960s that Charlie Wagner planted grapes for wine production. Camyus`s fame is based on its Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which was first produced in 1975 and is made entirely from fruit grown on a 14 acre plot on the famed Rutherford Bench. Caymus's Special Selection is aged in barriques for up to four years & bottled without fining or filtration. It is an immensely rich full-bodied Cabernet, which is approachable in youth yet benefits substantially from a few years bottle ageing. Initially the wine was made by Randy Dunn - he left in 1986 and now runs his own highly successful Howell Mountain winery, and today the wines are made by Charlie's son, Chuck.
The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.
It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.
The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - Issue#209 Oct 2013