(From 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.
(From 1996 Vintage) Each varietal of the Cain Vineyard is hand harvested, and vinified separately. The fruit is carefully destemmed, delivering a high proportion of whole berries directly to the tank. After a prolonged (two to four weeks) gentle maceration, the free run wine is drawn off. The best of these lots form the essence of the Cain Five. In November, the different lots go individually into traditional Bordeaux coopered Franch oak barrels. After three months in the barrel, the wine is blended in March, foll...
CAIN VINEYARD & WINERY is dedicated to our signature Cabernet blend, Cain Five. Composed of the five classic varieties of the Cabernet/Bordeaux family, Cain Five epitomizes the benefits of blending to achieve a complex wine, supple and rich of texture, combining a full, firm structure with a long and subtle finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 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(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/94.