Cabernet Sauvignon has always been king at Caymus. This is one winery where you can open a 1974, 1975, or 1976 with confidence, knowing the wine will still be loaded with ripe fruit. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits gobs of toasty oak and cassis fruit in a ripe, opulent, full-bodied, round, generous style that is ideal for drinking over the next decade. The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon (which contains all of the Special Selection since that wine was declassified in 1993) is an opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a superb, sweet nose of toast and blackcurrants. The attack offers explosive levels of fruit. The impression in the mouth is one of fatness, sweet fruit, and an unctuously thick, highly extracted intensity. This gorgeously made Cabernet Sauvignon is the finest non-Special Selection bottling since 1987. It should drink well for at least 15 years. The Caymus Special Selection is one of the most renowned luxury cuvees of Cabernet Sauvignon in California. The price of $100 a bottle is bold, controversial, and has undoubtedly made more than a few enemies. Nevertheless, for a decadent, lavishly oaky, explosively rich, intense, soft as silk style of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is hard to beat, Never unapproachable, the Special Selections (especially since the mid-eighties) taste almost too delicious when released. This has given rise to criticism that the wines will not last. While modern day vintages of Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon are not as concentrated as earlier vintages (i.e, the 1975 and 1976), this is still a wine that will endure 15 or more years of cellaring. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (a February, 1996 release) is superior to the 1991 and 1990. The 1992 displays an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by huge, full-throttle aromatics offering a blast of sweet, toasty new oak combined with exceptional red and black fruits. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with not a hard edge to be found, this low acid, fat, delicious Cabernet will be drinkable upon its release; it will last for 12-15 years. The 1994 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is destined to be one of the finest Special Selections ever made. The vintage has offered nearly every North Coast vigneron awesome raw materials. Caymus has taken the vintage's splendidly rich, pure fruit and fashioned it into a provocative, compellingly scented, huge glass of unctuously-textured, thick Cabernet Sauvignon. It is marvelously well-balanced, with the fruit already soaking up the new oak. Rich, full-bodied, marvelously concentrated, and silky smooth, this will be a fascinating wine to follow, and consume.

- Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate -

Caymus Vineyards / P.O. Box 268 / Rutherford CA 94573 / 707-963-4204

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