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1997 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
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About Caymus Vineyards

Family owned and run, Caymus Vineyards produces some of Napa Valley's finest Cabernet Sauvignon. The "Special Selection" and "Napa Valley" bottlings are rich, lavishly oaked wines with bold cassis, black cherry, loam and spice flavors. Winemaker Chuck Wagner oversees the production of 65,000 cases annually at the Rutherford, California winery.

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1997 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley

Producer: Caymus Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2000

Bright ruby. Cassis, violet and lightly tarry, spicy oak. Ripe, dense and very concentrated; thick and deep. Not at all overly sweet or dominated by the wood. Has superb material and verve. Finishes very long, with thoroughly ripe tannins. The finest vintage for this wine in a long time, and one that avoids the excesses of (American) oak that have plagued so many recent vintages.

95 Points | Wine Spectator

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Still going strong
10/12/2014
by Semillon430590
I just had this wine last night. It was fabulous -- full, rich, balanced. I don't know if it will continue to improve, but it is absolutely not too old now.
One of the best wines I have ever had...
12/27/2009
by La Marca13732537
I had the chance to taste this wine in 2007 and was floored. It was perfect in every aspect; the taste, the finish, the way it grabbed your attention like a beautiful woman. I purchased this for my christmas dinner in 2009. 10 out of 10 guests throughly enjoyed this wine including three that did not like cabernet. If you can find this, please buy it and enjoy it. This is what wine is supposed to be.
a keeper
07/28/2009
by Schneider10505482
Bought shortly after release. Drank July,'09. Superb, deserves the big scores, 'tho Parker's score not on line. Curious. WS gave it an 86 and on re-tasting a 95. ST a 93. WS suggested drinking by '09. I think they underestimated by a lot. This wine has at least 5 more years b4 it starts to fade.Old Bordeaux-like nose, smooth, rich, seamless transition from nose to its long and polished finish. I think, I hope I have another bottle or two. Great with grilled lamb chops.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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