In 1972, the Wagner family, Charles, Lorna, and their son, Chuck, founded Caymus Vineyards. Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, the Wagner's first vintage produced 240 cases. Today they produce 65,000 cases annually from about 350 acres of Napa Valley, California farmland. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from a variety of sites in Napa Valley including Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll, Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Wooden Valley and Calistoga. Grapes from vines which are systematically replanted every 15 years end up in two varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 'Special Selection' and 'Napa Valley'. Both are rich, lavishly oaked wines with bold cassis, black cherry, loam and spice flavors that often verge on sweet. These Caymus wines offer lush texture along with considerable early appeal. The Caymus 'Special Selection', made from the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 16 months in favored French barrels. The Wagner family has created a reputation for themselves through their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Though Napa Valley is known for its many Cabernets, Rutherford, Ca has a rather significant following for its own Cabernets. If you're a wine lover, you'd be remiss not to visit this census designated region.
Chuck Wagner, son of founder Charles Wagner, is the head winemaker at Caymus. He began working in wine after high school when his parents founded Caymus and took over as winemaker in 1984. In 2002 he was awarded the Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to viticulture in Napa Valley. Working closely alongside Chuck is Jon Bolta. Formerly Chuck's assistant, Jon now oversees the production of Conundrum, a popular white wine blend produced from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat, Semillon and Viognier grapes in a separate facility in Monterey County.
Furthermore Joe Wagner, a fifth generation winemaker, created Belle Glos in 2001 with a focus on vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs. It can be said that the "Wagner family of wine" will continue their wine making legacy for decades to come.