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Celebrating a Milestone: Caymus Vineyards' 50th Anniversary Vintage

11 de June, 2024Michael Bozzelli

In 2022, Caymus Vineyards, the winery that everyone loves to hate in Facebook wine groups, celebrated its golden anniversary, marking 50 years of winemaking. The release of the 2022 vintage, their flagship Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, is a tribute to this remarkable journey, reflecting five decades of passion, precision, and innovation.

A Legacy of Excellence

Founded in 1972 by the Wagner family, Caymus Vineyards quickly established itself as a premier name in Napa Valley. Over the years, the vineyard has garnered numerous accolades, earning a reputation for crafting some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. In a recent interview, Chuck Wagner, patriarch of the family, revealed that vintages in the early 1990's really catapulted their status. 

The Winemaking Process

Caymus Vineyards' commitment to excellence is evident in every step of the winemaking process. For the 2022 vintage, the grapes were handpicked at the peak of ripeness to ensure optimal flavor and quality. Fermentation took place in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, allowing for precise control over the winemaking process. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels, imparting subtle oak nuances and enhancing the wine's complexity.

 A Collector's Item

The 50th anniversary vintage is more than just a bottle of wine; it's a piece of history. Collectors and wine enthusiasts alike will appreciate the significance of this release, making it a coveted addition to any collection. The commemorative label and packaging further enhance its appeal, serving as a reminder of Caymus Vineyards' remarkable journey over the past 50 years.  I think the label was tastefully designed, keeping in tradition with the look and feel of the brand.  

Tasting Notes:

Appearance:  Deep, rich garnet hue, hinting at the wine's intensity and depth.
Aroma:  An inviting bouquet of dark berries, cassis, and plum, interwoven with notes of cocoa, tobacco, and a subtle hint of vanilla from oak aging.
Palate:  Full-bodied and opulent, the 2022 vintage delivers a luscious blend of ripe blackberry, cherry, and blackcurrant flavors. Silky tannins and well-integrated acidity provide a balanced structure, leading to a long, satisfying finish with nuances of dark chocolate and espresso.
Aging Potential:  While remarkably enjoyable now, this wine's complexity and depth suggest it will continue to evolve beautifully over the next 10-15 years, making it a worthy addition to any wine cellar.


The 2022 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile wine that pairs beautifully with a wide range of dishes. Its robust structure and rich flavors complement hearty fare such as grilled steaks, lamb chops, and braised short ribs. For a more refined pairing, consider dishes like duck breast with a cherry reduction or a classic beef Wellington.

Final Note

The 2022 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is a fitting tribute to the winery's golden anniversary, embodying the dedication, expertise, and passion that have defined Caymus Vineyards for five decades. So stop hating and spare me your Mega Purple barbs. If I had a dime for every Mega Purple-based attack against the winery, I'd have a fleet of Cybertrucks. Whether you are a long-time fan or new to the world of Caymus, this special vintage offers a chance to celebrate and savor a piece of Napa Valley's rich winemaking heritage. Salud!

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