As I said in my previous post, we had a fun time with family this past weekend and opened some special wines.
The second wine of the weekend was a 2012 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Charlie Wagner, his wife Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, their son Chuck Wagner started the winery in 1971. The Wagner family has been producing the Caymus label since 1972. The Caymus Vineyards is still a family affair; Chuck now works alongside his daughter, and two sons. In 2012, Caymus marked its 40th anniversary and the label of its 2012 vintage reflects this remarkable milestone.
The Wagner family absolutely produced a wine fitting for such an achievement. I want to start with the color of the wine, it has a fantastic deep red to purple color, at times almost bordering on black. It presents a very fruit forward nose of ripe berries and tree fruit. The fantastic color and bouquet act as a gateway into a wine that tastes even better than it looks and smells. It starts with a delicious, blackberry flavor with a light hint of spice and currant that fills your mouth with a fantastic body. There is a slight acidity, but is balanced very nicely with the level of tannins in the wine. The concentrated berry flavor is very pronounced and stays long into the finish.
2012 Caymus may be hard to find these days, but with Caymus’ pedigree it is a pretty safe bet that the 2013 will be on par.