Cain Five has the lowest alcohol they’ve had in many years: 14.1%. Still, it is a warm, plump,
plush wine. It has a nice mouth-filling texture—not exactly silky, but “This wine talks to you.” It is a quiet wine. It doesn’t say, “Take me now,” although you can.
The nose is subtle and roasted. It speaks of a warm sun and ripe fruit—with no hint of overripe driedfruit, or “jamminess.” The palate tells the same story with its full, plush tannins that slip right down without grabbing at the back of your throat.
Their winemaking is simple: They believe that red wine is a partial extraction of the grape. Their goal is to get what they want and to leave the rest behind. At Cain, this means hand picking, gentle destemming,native-yeast fermentation, and manual pressing. The wine completes malolactic fermentation in thebarrel, is blended early, is racked barrel-to-barrel, is egg-white fined, and is bottled without filtration.
Cain Vineyard & Winery overlooks St. Helena from the top of Spring Mountain in the western
mountains of Napa Valley. The estate vineyard is planted to the five classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. We make three wines: Cain Cuvée; Cain Concept, representing the classical benchlands of the Napa Valley; and their signature blend, Cain Five.