ABOUT THIS WINE
As a delicious alternative to the beloved Cabernet Sauvignon wines crafted at Caymus Vineyards, an iconic Napa Valley brand started by Chuck Wagner and his parents Charlie and Lorna in 1972. This wine is an homage to the classic California red wines made with Durif (commonly known as Petite Sirah), a hearty red grape named after French botanist Francois Durif, who developed this unique cross of Syrah and a lesser known variety called Peloursin in the 1860s. Despite receiving a lackluster reception in the Old World, the variety quickly gained superstar status soon after it arrived in California in the 1890s. Today, the appreciation of this grape has helped fuel an exciting renaissance of vineyards in Suisun Valley, a historic winegrowing region located just east of Napa Valley, where the grapes were grown.
95 POINTS - "Full-bodied and fruity with an inky dark red-purple hue. The wine opens up with classic Durif aromas of fresh-baked blackberry cobbler, blue fruits, licorice, vanillin, chocolate bark, blood orange peel, savory spices, and cigar box. On the palate, the deep, rich and concentrated notes of briary blackberry, huckleberry, black raspberry and blueberry are intermixed with hints of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, almond rocca, and a long, generous finish. To heighten the experience, the natural intensity of this wine is balanced with a plush texture, vibrant acidity, chewy tannins, and firm structure. Therefore, in addition to being showy, approachable and extremely food-friendly when young, this thought-provoking wine has plenty of backbone to allow the flavors to continue to develop in the cellar for 10-20 years." - Chris Sawyer
Socially Rated 4+ / 5 ⭐
Blue cheese, fresh pasta with hearty red sauce, pulled pork, barbequed ribs, juicy steaks, roasted lamb, slow-cooked stews, and dark chocolate truffles.