A couple of weeks ago, a group of wine bloggers and wine lovers got together on Twitter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards Cabernet with Total Wine and More. Caymus Vineyards began in 1971 when Charles Wagner and his wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner asked their son, Chuck Wagner, if he wanted to join them in starting a winery. The Wagner family decided in advance to sell their Napa Valley property if Chuck refused their offer, which he instead accepted. This was the start of Caymus Vineyards, which is still 100% owned by the Wagner Family.
The Wagners produced their first Cabernet in 1972, so the 2012 vintage celebrates the 40th anniversary of this iconic Cabernet. I joined in on the Twitter tasting, uncorked a bottle of 2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet, and fired up a grill full of steaks!
2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep reddish-purple in color. Rich aromas leap out of the glass and include notes of cassis, blackberries, anise, and warm spices. On the palate, there are intense flavors of black fruit, oak, dark chocolate, herbs, and spices. The wine also has ripe yet smooth tannins and soft acidity. I think fans of big California Cabernet will enjoy this vintage of Caymus. This wine is still a baby; if you can wait a few years, you will be rewarded!
14.6% alcohol. Retails for $60/bottle. For more info, vist Caymus Vineyards.