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In Defense Again of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon: The Wine Everyone Loves To Hate

2024 年 Mar 09 日Michael Bozzelli

Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has long been a punching bag for wine snobs, decrying that it represents all that is wrong with wine today.  In this follow up to an earlier post, we aim again to debunk the myths that are commonly used to attack this iconic wine, shedding light on the true merits that make Caymus a beloved choice for wine lovers.

Myth Uno: "Caymus is too fruit-forward, lacking complexity."

While some critics argue that Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is overly fruit-forward, it's essential to recognize that the winemaking style of the Wagner family deliberately emphasizes rich, ripe fruit flavors. This approach has resonated with countless consumers who appreciate the wine's bold and opulent character. Complexity is subjective, and Caymus has its unique charm in delivering a luxurious experience.

Myth Dos, OMG STFU: "It's too expensive for what you get."

Critics frequently lament the higher price tag of Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, contending that it fails to offer sufficient value. However, it's crucial to consider the meticulous care and attention to detail that goes into crafting each bottle. The alchemy includes soil management, extended maceration, oak aging and blending. When you factor in the craftsmanship and the consistent quality over the years--Chuck Wagner in a recent interview shared that he believes the 1973 vintage is responsible for their success when a syndicated critic took notice--supporting the widespread belief that the price is justified.  But it was not until 1990 according to Chuck Wagner when he felt Caymus could go toe to toe with any wine in the world.  Today, Caymus produces 200,000 cases of their flagship Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon.  

Myth 3: "Caymus relies too heavily on oak, overwhelming the wine."

Some critics argue that Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is excessively oaked, masking the true expression of the grape. The reality is that the Wagners deliberately use new French oak barrels to impart a specific flavor profile to their wine. While oak influence is indeed a key element, it is done with precision to enhance, rather than overpower, the characteristics of the fruit. The result is a well-balanced wine that combines the richness of fruit with the subtle complexity derived from oak aging.

Myth 4: "Caymus is a one-note wonder, lacking diversity."

Detractors sometimes claim that Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a one-dimensional wine with little diversity. However, those who appreciate the wine understand that consistency can be a virtue. The Wagners have crafted a signature style that resonates with a broad audience, showcasing the unique terroir of the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley.  Little know fact, legendary vintner Nathan Fay who knocked the whole of Europe off their pedestal with his Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon gave the Wagners cuttings from his vines at the outset of their operation.  While some may seek variety, others find comfort and satisfaction in the distinctiveness of Caymus, making it a staple in their cellar.  

Final Note

In defense of Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is essential to recognize that personal taste plays a significant role in wine appreciation. While critics may have their opinions, the enduring popularity of Caymus speaks volumes about its broad appeal. The wine's deliberate emphasis on bold fruit, meticulous craftsmanship, and consistent quality contribute to its rarefied status.  


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