caymus special selection cabernet sauvignon 2017 1.5 liter (magnum)
The 2014 vintage is classic Eisele, displaying a more forward character than 2013. The nose opens on notes of white flowers, wild berries, blackcurrant, blackberries and dried rose petals, characteristic of the Eisele fruit, with subtle undertones of vanilla, cinnamon and grilled almonds. With aeration, it progressively gives way to freshly-cut ripe cherries. The ample mouthfeel is very silky with tight-knit, chiseled tannins that support this vintage's aristocratic figure. The fruit is pure, sustained by deliciously ripe and savory undertones. The delicately saline finish of the 2014 lingers with pepper, turmeric and licorice. In this great vintage, the wine combines outstanding brightness and aromatic complexity with the Eisele hallmarks of elegance and finesse.
A rich, dense ruby color hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and creme de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak. Drink now until 2024, although, this wine should remain interesting until 2034 and beyond. Serve at 60Â°F. Decanting is not necessary.
93 points - Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
"A class effort, the rich and voluptuous 2014 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from a very good to excellent vintage. This wine exhibits a fine mix of black fruits, sweet oak, and some savory spice notes. Its rich tannins suggest more time in the bottle is needed, yet it is almost too easy to consume now. Give it a decade or more, and it should be even more rewarding."
91 points - Wine Spectator
"Pure and rich, well-centered on melted black licorice, spice, cedar and dark berry flavors. Deep and complex, if short on finesse and grace, ending with musclebound tannins. Drink now through 2028."
90 points - Wine Enthusiast
"Brawny tannins meet mild acidity in this powerful, rich wine that's full-bodied and decadent. Chocolate, mocha and caramel notes are etched into its soft, rounded layers of generous red fruit."