(2008 Vintage) In the world of Napa Cabernet, Cain stands apart. The Cain Vineyard especially stands alone, thus the Cain Five is unlike anything else. What are the hallmarks of the unique character of the Cain Five? Undoubtedly, they are the complex herbal-floral bouquet (most unusual for Cabernet), and the firm structure wrapped in exceptionally fine tannins. The wine begs to be compared not with other Cabernets, but with many of the great red wines of the world—especially from cooler climates, such as Burgundy, Barolo, and Cote-Rotie. This could not be clearer than with the 2011 Cain Five. Open a bottle, pour it into a beautiful Burgundy wine glass and you’ll see instantly what I’m talking about. In particular, the 2011 Cain Five is not a “big” wine, but it is a beautiful wine.
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/02
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1997 Vintage) 87% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Perhaps more properly labeled as "Four" rather than "Five" in its present version, Cain's prestige cuvee is a study in contrasts and earns high marks for its deep fruit, lavish oak and invitingly fleshy palatal feel. It is less laudable, however, for its persistent old bark and saddle-leather qualities, and it gets pushed just wide of recommendation by its abrupt, overtly drying finish.
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator(1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/94.