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Auction: Finest and Rarest Wines
was auctioned on: 15 September 2012
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Estimate: US$350 - US$450
Price realised:  US$796
Lot number 463, Views: 70

Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Napa This spent 17 months in 100% new French oak and was bottled early to capture the fruit and freshness. So pretty, showy and delicious on the nose. This is a massive wine, totally disguised. Utterly divine, brilliantly conceived. All the freshness and beauty are there instead of having a blunt giant. Bravo. SS. Lot 463 6 bts (sc) per lot: USD 350-450 I think I first realized that Caymus Special Selection was not only one of the greatest wines made in California, but a very great wine in the context of world wine-making when I attended one of Bipin Desai's vertiginous vertical tastings. The tasting was held in L.A. and we drank the Special Selections from 1975-1990 over some spectacular food at Valentino. I was deeply impressed by the complexity of the wines which, for me, is the real criterion of quality and I was also struck by Chuck Wagner's direct approach, professionalism and zest for life. More recently, in Napa we did a vertical tasting of younger vintages, which was equally impressive. SS. Quantity: 1

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Sotheby's
Title: Finest and Rarest Wines
Date of the auction: 15 Sep 2012
Address: Sotheby's
New York