TN: '94 Caymus Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon
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- Van The Man - 04-29-1999 02:13 PM
1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Select; Napa Valley - $85.00
Dark, inky plum skin color. Delicious and tempting nose with deep, rich, black cherry, leather, cassis, vanilla, mint, oak and a hint of citrus at the edge. On the palate, smooth, typical, polished Caymus fruit with a bit more earthiness than Caymus Cabs Iâ€™ve had from there in the past. And while the oak level is noticeable, it didnâ€™t knock me over like many of the Caymus SS Cabs. The tannins were ultra ripe and, as usual for the SS, ultra, ultra fine. A fairly good structure and good stuffing suggests this one should go a bit further than the average Caymus SS, maybe 10 years. Enjoyed with, of all things, a sausage, onion and black olive pizza. Yeah, thatâ€™s a bit decadent for a wine of this pedigree, but it worked none-the-less.
As hard as I tried NOT to like this wine, I just couldnâ€™t convince myself it was a bad bottle, maybe not even a bad QPR. Yeah, $85 is high for any wine, but when itâ€™s this polished and this well stuffed with the type of structure this one had, itâ€™s definitely worth more than the average $40 bottle of Cal Cab. Would I buy it again? If given another shot at $85, I hate to say it, but Iâ€™d certainly consider it.
- Randy Caparoso - 04-29-1999 06:59 PM
Oh, Van, you're such a hedonist, and a bigger Bordeaux lover than most!
- Van The Man - 04-30-1999 07:14 AM
>>Oh, Van, you're such a hedonist, and a bigger Bordeaux lover than most!<<
<chuckling> I know, I know. <g>
And I must admit, as I was sipping this wine, I kept going back to our discussion a few days ago and wondering how I was going to admit that I_really_liked_this_wine. <g>