Caymus Vineyards is located in the Rutherford section of Napa Valley in California. The winery produces two Cabernet Sauvignons and a Zinfandel, with the latter only available from their tasting room.
The 2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 16 months in French oak. The label listed ABV was 14.4%.
I had previously tasted, and greatly enjoyed, the 2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. I came across the 2009 in Wine Sellers and was interested to see what this vintage held in store. The first bottle was tasted at home in early June 2012.
One week after that tasting, I found myself at a fabulous New York City steakhouse called The Strip House (it’s a steakhouse, people!) with Hammer, my good friend and counselor. (I first dined at The Strip House with my neighbor two weeks earlier, the same one who introduced me to Biale Black Chicken. Yes, what a great neighbor!). I spied the 2009 Caymus on the wine list and immediately suggested it. Over the next several hours, we discussed the fate of the Western world, the deliciousness of both the steak and the goose fat potatoes, and we consumed a lot of the 2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon.
My notes which follow are from my home tasting, not the steakhouse.
This was a PNP.
The aromas from the glass were amazing. Big black fruit, blackberry, cherry, pepper, and vanilla. It was one of those glasses you can sniff for hours.
A sip found a wonderful mix of black fruit, pepper, cocoa, and cherry. The wine was perfect from the first pour, despite the lack of aeration. The tannins were extremely smooth and well integrated. My notes have the word “outstanding” written and circled.
The finish was massive (I had originally written long, crossed it out and corrected it with massive.). Cherries and mellow tannins slowly tapered away. This was a fantastic bottle of wine.
My meal at the steakhouse began with a share of Strip House Roasted Bacon with Baby Arugula and Russian dressing. This was followed by Vine Ripened Tomatoes and Red Onion, served in a slice of cucumber with sweet basil and tomato water vinaigrette. My entrée was a 12-ounce Filet Mignon, medium rare, with shared sides of Crisp Goose Fat Potatoes and Black Truffle Creamed Spinach. The wine went perfectly with the entire meal. This Cabernet Sauvignon complimented the bacon beautifully, it went great with the salad, and the steak…..it was a match made in heaven. Serve this wine with grilled steaks and you will be a hero.
The 2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon retails for about $65. It is a superb buy in that area and betters some Cabernet Sauvignons with higher prices. If you have the opportunity to taste this wine, I would encourage you to do so.