Address: 8700 Conn Creek Road, P.O. Box 268, Rutherford, CA 94573
Tasting: By appointment only. Call 707-967-3010. They were booked several weeks out when we stopped in so you do need to make reservations.
I was initially introduced to Caymus Vineyards while flipping through a copy of the Wine Spectator. WS always has a summary of the their picks in categories such as best value, most collectible etc.
In this particular edition, the Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection was listed in the most collectible category. Between Clint and I, we will both agree that I am the wine collector, and he the wine taster.
If you are looking for a Napa original, Caymus Vineyards is a good place to look.
The winery started off as a fruit orchard by the late Charlie Wagner. It was a time when most of Napa was covered in fruit orchards and vineyards were the clear minority. He and his son, Chuck, founded Caymus in 1972 having slowly replanted acres of his farmland with Cabernet clones. The winery is now run by Chuck who took the helm in 1984.
It occurred to me on our last trip to Napa, I had yet to visit the winery that holds the record of having the only wine ever to garner Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” two times (1989, 1997).
So before the harvest party at Ehlers Estate, we dropped in on this very modest tasting room of a winery that has a semi-cult following. Caymus is all about Cabernet Sauvignon. They produce two Cabernets a year, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection. The latter is meant to be aged longer…a quality valued by any collector.
The Caymus cabernets are definitely a solid, classic pick for any wine cellar.
Pricing of the wines. Some wineries will have wines you can only get at the winery. With only two wines released a year, Caymus sells both through online, retail and restaurant channels. Pricing are on par or a little higher than one can get online…but then there is the instant gratification of purchasing and getting the bottles right away.