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The primary aromas are of black currants, blackberries, brown spices and dark-roasted coffee beans. In the mouth, the wine is lush and expansive, rich in berry fruit with a firm "grip” that makes the wine’s texture an important part of its character. The finish is long and classic—ripe fruit dominates.
Special Selection was the name chosen with the first vintage, 1975, to indicate grapes that stood above the others from the moment of harvest through oak barrel aging and, finally, the selection of the blend that was felt to deserve this designation. Over the decades, Caymus Vineyard has continued to recognize the superior character of specific vineyard blocks vintage by vintage. They have also secured long-term farming control—including planting, allowing them to select preferred rootstock and clones—of Napa Valley vineyards with different slopes, elevation and climates. This 2003 bottling includes grapes grown in gravely, well-drained soils on slopes of Napa Valley foothills and at a hilltop site at about 1,400 feet in elevation. By choosing the best grapes from these varied sites, they believe they have enhanced the depth and complexity of the Special Selection beyond what would have been possible from a single vineyard.
|For five generations, my family has lived and loved the Napa Valley. Our grandfather settled here in the 1800s and from that moment forward, we’ve grown to understand there is simply no substitute for an intimate knowledge of the land that only comes by ”living” in the vineyard. Working the land with our own hands has given us insights into California winemaking that can’t be found in any book or corporate farm manual. -Chuck Wagner We are the Wagner Family of Wine: Chuck Wagner continues to direct the world-reknown Cabernet program at Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley; Charlie is making exquisite Chardonnay at Mer Soleil in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County; Joseph is making fine Pinot Noir under the Belle Glos label in the coastal areas of California; Jenny is learning the ropes here at Caymus and ah yes, our longtime winemaker for Conundrum, Jon Bolta, continues his craft of making that puzzling, white wine blend.|
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