The Wagner Family of Wine hosts a live-via-webcast guided tasting to mark the release of their Special Edition 40th Anniversary of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon today, June 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. (3:00 p.m. CT, 4:00 p.m. ET)
Live from Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, California, and broadcast to multiple Total Wine & More stores around the United States, Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner will host the event which guides participants through this newest release, as well as other wines produced by the Wagner family.
Farmers, grape growers and winemakers in Napa Valley for 156 years, Chuck Wagner and his parents built a 3000-square foot barn-like structure to makes, bottle and store the wine, in preparation for the harvest of 1972. In the beginning they were a “shoe string operation,” says Chuck, beginning with used barrels from the neighboring wineries of Beaulieu and Inglenook, a 30-year old Caterpillar D4, two 1963 pickups and one 1963 International flatbed truck. Those first vintages of Caymus Cabernet sold for $4.50 a bottle.
Then came 1987, when Chuck’s dad Charlie was on the cover of Wine Spectator (sort of like making the cover of Rolling Stone), holding a bottle of the 1983 Cabernet with the headline: “Best Damn Cabernet in California.” Since then Caymus has become synonymous with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and the price is no longer $4.50 a bottle. The 40th Anniversary Special Edition 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is $60.
The Wagner Family has branched out to other grapes and labels as well. In addition to Caymus, the Wagner Family makes wines under the label Belle Glos, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, and the newest edition by Jenny Wagner, Emmolo.
It truly is a family operation. Charlie Wagner II, Chuck’s oldest son owns and is the winemaker for Mer Soleil. Charlie’s brother, Joe started his own winery in 2001; Belle Glos, named for his paternal grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner. Daughter Jenny joined the family business as winemaker for Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Named after Jenny’s maternal family, Emmolo was launched 20 years ago by her mother, Cheryl Emmolo.
We met Jenny at a trade and media tasting event a few months back, and liked her Sauvignon Blanc so much, we went home and ordered three bottles straight away! We’ve tasted and enjoyed other vintages of the Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 growing season in Napa Valley was stellar, and we’re expecting this to be a really special wine.
You can celebrate too with your own bottle of the 40th Anniversary special edition of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Get yourself to a participating Total Wine & More store, or if there are none nearby, check out this online locator for a retailer that carries Caymus Vineyards wines near you.
You can follow along with the webcast here, or jump on the twitter feed and see what others are saying about the 40th Anniversary special edition of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Just look for #Caymus40th
You can also check out the video when it goes live!