Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 326,181 strong:

Register Today!

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Wine Review

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Napa Valley, California, United States

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 7

  Add My Review

Price: $219.95

Drink: 2017-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 15.2%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Caymus

Agent: The Bacchus Group Inc.

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Chocolate, mocha, espresso, coffee and smoke on the nose of this full-bodied Californian Cabernet. Fleshy sweet black plums and blackberries. Full-bodied and supple. Pair with a juicy steak.

Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, pork tenderloin, pizza, pasta, hard cheese.

Best Beef Wine

This Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was reviewed on December 18, 2021 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2018  2017  2016  2015  2013 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Innes & Tenth Line17 Add
Highland & Westmount (Highland Rd Plaza)7 Add
Hazeldean & Main6 Add
St. Clair & Oakwood5 Add
Southdown & Royal Windsor (Clarkson)4 Add
See More Edit
  • 185967
  • $158.74 
  • 607 bottles
39th & Cambie42 Add
Alberni & Bute32 Add
Langley32 Add
Kelowna Orchard Park29 Add
Fort Street26 Add
See More Edit

Reviews and Ratings

Wineboy rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Can their be anything more pleasant than the regular Caymus? Why, the Special Reserve that's what !! In premium tastings of California wine Caymus is always the benchmark against which I measure other $100 - $250 wines and Caymus usually wins. Special Reserve takes it to an even higher level. Hugely aromatic with cassis and berries, while the oak is more apparent on the palate than the nose. If you want power - this is it. If you want smooth and approachable tonight - this is it! Treat yourself and only your best of friends.
Andrea Shapiro rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A fortunate pleasure to taste this solid and intricate Napa Valley cab. Deep dark opaque inky purple. Very layered and complex with developing pronounced aromas of cherry, plum, chocolate, red licorice, vanilla extract and anise. Also - highly extracted and compressed dried fruit evident in the bouquet. Pronounced flavours reveal cherry plum, prune, toast and pepper heat. Medium plus acidity and finish with a full body and lingering tannins. Pair with herbal beef mushroom tartare, venison and wild game. 92 points November 2017
Rebecca Meir-Liebman - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Mainly dark fruit, with some red fruit incorporated, dust, game, developing leather, very fruit forward. Lots of flavours that come out from oak aging as vanilla, coconut and liquorice, as well as a creamy velvety texture. You can feel the warm climate and ripeness of Napa fruit in this wine. I’d mainly suggest drinking it on its own though it could be very enjoyable with cheese and charcuterie. Very soft delicate tannins - very much a crowd pleaser.
Melanie Lloyd - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This is a complex dark purple wine with aromas of dark berries, predominantly blackberries, as well as red licorice, violet, dark chocolate, and menthol. There are velvety tannins on the palate as well as a good acidity level, with flavours of sun soaked dark berries and chocolate. There is a slight illusion of sugar and a nice long finish.

Tasted November 2017
Simon Chen rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A big oak and vanilla monster but with heavy-weight tannin and a long finish. These days, I am not a big fan of Caymus cab anymore. I try every year and I always get the same conclusion.
If you like big bold napa cab, this is the go-to wine! I don't think aging will change the tasting profile that much but the wine can definitely last more than 15+ years
Deep dark opaque inky purple, Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is not cheap, but oh the intensity and layers of flavours on this delicious, dark cherry, plummy, dark chocolate Cab. The 2014 Caymus 'Special Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by the Wagner family. This rich and robust red (to say the least) is plushy, voluptuous with concentrated red and black fruits and a long, long finish. Decant two hours prior to pouring with a big, juicy steak, or cellar for five to 10 years. It will be more fantastic then. - Community Wine Reviews

If you liked the Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, you might also like these wines:



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

William Hill Red Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon 2019,
North Coast, California ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 326,181 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award