Caymus Rutherford Vineyards
Caymus Rutherford Vineyards – Two good to very good Cabernet Sauvignons are vinified here. The Wagner family also produce very stylish Chardonnay at their Central Coast winery MER SOLEIL as well as Pinot Noir under the BELLE GLOS label. Conundrum is a classy white, blended from an unusual mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Canelli. It is ripe and aromatic with a hint of new oak and comes from a diverse source of vineyards in Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties.
The wines now stand alone as separate brands rather than being a subsidiaries of the Caymus label. The Special Selection, one of California’s top reds, needs cellaring and will improve in bottle for 5–10 years. The grapes are harvested lot by lot and vinified with extended maceration on skins and ageing in new French oak. A Napa Valley Caymus Zin is also made. (DM)
To find out more about Caymus and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)