(2004 Vintage) The unmistakable scent of the Cain Vineyard is of anise, raspberries with back-notes of wild herbs and roses. The palate flows smoothly and firmly from beginning to middle to end with a texture of washed silk. The delicate balance of the 2011 Cain Five is a revelation of what wine can be about. When so many wines have been “made” for maximum impact, at Cain we’ve been content to let the vineyard speak quietly. No need to shout when you have something to say. With all the noise these days about high alcohol wines, the 2011 Cain Five is a respectable (and honest) 13.1%, and we’re proud of it.
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(1998 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/02
Wine Spectator(1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/94.