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Caymus Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

by Nannette Eaton on March 15, 2011

“Beware the ides of March.” — Soothsayer (William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19)

Who hasn’t been stabbed in the back? Two millennia ago Caesar was betrayed by sixty of his closest colleagues. And you thought you had it bad, but have times really changed? Wine Harlots say today is the day to commemorate the betrayals and celebrate survival.

To nurse your wounds you really need to go with the big gun of the wine world, cabernet sauvignon. Cabernet may not fix what ails you, but after a couple of glasses you won’t care s

o much. Pick a premium cabernet, petty economies just don’t play (unless of course, the treacherous bastards who betrayed you also shook you down for your lunch money too, then go with the bottle you can afford.)

Wine Harlots suggest opening a bottle of Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, a trophy bottle if ever there was one. If you are drinking it now, give it some time in a decanter or run it through an aerator to soften the tannins – this is a cellar-worthy bottle. The nose and flavors are intense blackberry and black current with chocolate, leather and vanilla and a strong backbone of tannins. If you not just brooding, pondering the perfidy of humanity and simply drinking your meal, the perfect pairing for this bottle is a rare steak, because don’t they say revenge is a dish best served cold?

The details: 15.4% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Napa. Varietal: 86% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot. Suggested retail is $130 USD available directly from Caymus, actual retail ranges from $96-195 a bottle, so caveat emptor, my friends.

The music match is “I’m Still Standing” from Elton John from the album Too Low for Zero. Sometimes, at the end of the day, if you’re still standing, that is victory enough.