Caymus Special Selection 2009
Caymus owner Chuck Wagner was in Vancouver last weekend for the Playhouse International Wine Festival. To call this California winemaking legend a straight shooter is an understatement: in a room full of wine geeks, he had no problem singing the praises of mechanical harvesters, drinking cabernet young and acknowledging the difficulty in telling well-grown merlot from well-grown cabernet. All of which would be heresy but for the fact that he has the goods to back it—his Caymus Special Selection is the only wine that’s won Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year twice.
This year’s Special Selection is classic Napa cabernet: broad-shouldered and full of fruit with huge taste in the mouth. When you’re looking for a special occasion wine—and at around $125 this definitely qualifies—this is what you want. Not some aged German riesling, not the roulette table that is Burgundy, but a California cab that delivers with every vintage.