Sunday, October 5, 2014

Napa Wine Tasting - Caymus Vineyards

This is one I was particularly looking forward to, as we knew that virtually everything we were likely to taste is very easy to get back home, so the only question was, would it be worth getting back home? Let's see.

Caymus is a well-known brand, but what may be less-known is that they have several other labels under their umbrella, including:

Belle Glos
Mer Soleil

We were welcomed with a glass of 2012 Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay. What a way to start. I would suggest at the price point, this is as good a Chardonnay as you can find. I've reviewed this previously as we've enjoyed it many times.

We are taken into the old Wagner house where we are presented with four wines to taste.

2013 Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir ($44.00)

Black cherry and toasty oak on the nose and palate. Slightly off-dry with a bold and long finish. Lovely now but a little more time in the bottle is called for to reach it's full potential. 86.

2012 Caymus Zinfandel ($38.00)

Dark ruby in colour. Powerful aromas of blackberry jam, with currants, chocolate and black cherry as well. Silky mouthfeel and well balanced acidity. One of my favorite of this varietal. 89.

2012 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($60.00)

Jammy berries on the nose and palate. Long, enjoyable finish. If you are drinking it now, serve it with a big meal of red meat. Will undoubtedly improve a lot with a little more time. 90.

2009 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ($130.00)

Almost purple in colour, with tobacco and leathery notes on the nose. Touches of chocolate, cold cuts, vanilla and spice on the palate. This is one of those wines that is good to drink now but if you really want to experience it, lay it down for another 7-10 years. 91.

An excellent experience at a top Napa winery. Big fan of all their wines. It was pretty easy to leave the winery without purchasing any, since we had border exemption limits to deal with and we can get all of these wines in our local stores quite easily. We already have several of them in our library.

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