The wildness of this wine matches its origin story. Aromas of smoky meat, chocolate and wet soil are lightly bound in a wood frame. The flavors of plum and refreshing mint offer up classic Australian character while soft, dusty tannins add a textural richness that enhances the whole drinking experience. On the finish, a sprinkling of brown spice adds an intriguing kick to the lush fruit, tempting another sip.
The Wagner family—the juggernaut behind Caymus, Mer Soleil, Conundrum, and more—is proud to release the latest incarnation of their old-vine Malbec grown in Argentina: Red Schooner. It’s been remarkable to see how quickly this wine has caught on with Caymus fans. There’s something about its blackberry and cassis liqueur aromas and fathomless richness that makes it so dang hard to put that glass down. At first blush, it seems curious that the Wagners would ship Malbec grapes from Mendoza, Argentina, to Napa to make into wine. But here’s the thing: you can’t find own-rooted, 100-year old Malbec vines in California. The concentration and plushness that emerges from these tiny berries is something to behold.