It’s always nice to be in good standing with one of the most beloved wine brands in America! Our special relationship with the Wagner has granted us a first dibs offer on the brand new release! These won’t last long! This is an opulent, powerful dark-fruited Cabernet with tightly woven tannins, that is just raring and ready to go. Textbook, full-bodied, revved up and ready to go, this new Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet is the definition of a crowd pleaser.
2x Wine Spectator Wine of the Year Winner
Year in, year out the Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon from Caymus is one of the very best Cabernets produced in Napa Valley and everywhere else. There just never seems to be any bad vintages. Every year, Caymus sets aside the best barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon to produce their ‘Special Selection’. It’s so incredibly smooth with fine, velvety tannins and no hard edges. It’s one of those wines that’s “good to go” almost immediately, but can also be aged up to two decades and enjoyed along the wine. It’s a sophisticated beauty, for sure.
The brand new release is here! The 2019 Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir is juiced up with vibrant flavors of raspberry, cranberries, baked cherry pie and a hint of earth. It’s packed with crushed red fruits and finishes with soft, refined tannins that leave a great aftertaste. It’s a great choice any time of the year– delicious by itself or paired with just about anything. In 2019, it saw predominantly fruit from the lush Willamette Valley, adding the cold weather Pinot element to a wine usually more reliant on southern Oregon.
Jenny Wagner, the youngest daughter of Chuck Wagner (Caymus) took over the reins in 2011 and absolutely ran with it, making Emmolo a name of its own. In the enormous and beloved 2018 vintage in Napa Jenny was able to deliver a stunning ode to the Right Bank with a super powerful, dark-fruited Merlot. But even though it’s early for this new release, I’m thinking she might’ve outdone herself with the 2019. It’s just so smooth and well-balanced with intricate flavors of black cherries, blueberries, mocha and and violet. It’s still early, I think I’d wait a year or two, but it’s hard to resist this wine now as it’s so youthful and energetic.
This is the next great Big Red in the long line from the Wagner family of Caymus fame. Like the previous Quilt offerings, this represents Joe Wagner’s pick of the litter of available vineyard sources that puts his inimitable blending abilities into play. This is very big boy. Black fruits and toasted dark chocolate prevail on the nose with a touch of spice and vanilla from the oak. The fruit on the palate is very lively and the mouthfeel lush and exuberant. Blackberry, black cherry and plum are the highlights. A winner for Napa and Big Red fans alike.
"Montelena's Estate Cabernet Sauvignons are equivalent to buying blue chip stock. They get better and better with age and as the vertical tastings I have attended so persuasively attest, they are still relatively young wines at 20 years of age!"
"Modern-day society seems to always be in search of new stars, but this winery has been a super hero for great California Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly 25 years!"