Welcome to the world of Caymus Vineyards! If you haven't already tried the delicious cabernet sauvignon, you've undoubtedly noticed its hype! Caymus Vineyards makes, what is arguably, the best Cabernet Sauvignon to come out of the Napa Valley region.
So what makes Caymus Wine so special, and what's the history behind the success of Caymus Vineyards?
The Wagner Family
If we're going to talk about Caymus, we need to talk about the Wagner family history, and the Wagner family has a long, long history in Napa Valley, California. Wine runs in their veins.
Over fifty years ago, in 1972, the Wagner family came to Rutherford in Napa Valley. They started small, with nearly 240 cases of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; the rest is history! Well, not quite. A lot more went into it, but what started small exploded as the years passed.
It started with Charlie and Lorna Wagner, who opened Caymus Vineyards with their son Chuck Wagner. Charlie was a farmer by nature and loved wine-making. He loved hard work, and he did it well. When it came to Caymus Vineyards, Lorna was the reason it thrived. She built a strong foundation for the company; without her, it's hard to say whether Caymus Vineyards would have found the same success.
Now, Chuck is the head of Caymus, alongside his two children, Charlie and Jenny.
Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
This wouldn't be a post on Caymus Vineyards if we didn't talk about Cabernet Sauvignon, a consistent leader in the wine space.
Cabernet Sauvignon typically tends to be known for its ripe tannins and lush aromas. It's a deep, full-bodied red that's rich in taste. A Cabernet Sauvignon usually has flavors of dark fruits like blackcurrant and blackberry. You may also notice cedar, green bell pepper, or vanilla flavors. It's bold and bursting with flavor.
Caymus has a signature style when it comes to its Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon berries look similar to blueberries, and the skin of the ripe berries gives the Cabernet Sauvignon its deep color and textural tannins. It's decadent with aromas of dark berries, cocoa, and cassis. When it comes to Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, it's quality you can taste with each sip you take.
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 75% Napa Valley valley floor and 25% hillside and comes from eight Napa Valley sub-appellations.
Caymus Vineyards Special Selection
Alongside the Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus Vineyards also makes an exceptional Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. It's made with the year's best barrels, leaving behind a velvety, smooth wine. It has an intense nature with flavors of dark, rich fruit. Aged to perfection, the Caymus Vineyards Special Selection has an overall balance between its earthiness and acidity.
Still not sure about it? Wine Spectator named Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year" twice. And as if that's not enough, it's the only wine to be "Wine of the Year" twice.
After discovering the Suisun Valley near Napa Valley, the family decided to create a new wine label named Caymus-Suisun. The only way the family would attach the Caymus name to the new wine label was if the wine was impeccable. And here we are, talking about the Caymus-Suisun line.
The Caymus-Suisun line started by launching the Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif. The Grand Durif is synonymous with Petite Sirah. It's soft, lush, and luxurious.
After the Grand Durif, Jenny Wagner took it upon herself to launch 'The Walking Fool.' It's a red blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The Walking Fool is a smooth, delicious wine with fine tannins and juicy raspberry flavor.
Want More Wagner Family Wine?
There's more where that came from. If you're a fan of Caymus Wine and want to check out what else the Wagner family has to offer, there's more.
Alongside Caymus and Caymus-Suisun, the Wagner family is also responsible for Mer Soleil, Conundrum, Emmolo, and Red Schooner.
Check out Mer Soleil for a delicious selection of Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir Reserve with bursting flavors of berry, vanilla, and toasted oak.
If you're looking for a versatile white blend or complex red blend, Conundrum is for you!
Emmolo offers a few different options, including a couple of Sauvignon Blanc options, Merlot, and a Sparkling Wine inspired by their favorite champagnes.
And finally, Red Schooner is their "Red Wine of the World," sourced from Southern Australia.