Caymus Special Selection is the flagship wine of the Wagner family and is comprised of the very best barrels of the vintage. This wine is not produced in difficult years. Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well as at maturity.
Each year, the best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley are set aside to produce a Special Selection, distinguished by extremely fine, velvety tannins and enjoyable upon release or with aging - a wine of structure with intense concentration of supple flavors and dark fruits. Special Selection is the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine's Wine of the Year.
Aromas and flavors can only be achieved through hang time, a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to hang on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine's fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis, and vanilla.