current release, which the winery believes is their best to date (and they’ve
been making this since 1990), is 48% from 2013 and 52% from 2014. So two
terrific vintages. It’s 64% Spring Mountain and 36% Valley floor (Rutherford
People ask, why blend
vintages? We ask, why not? The benefits of blending vintages can work similarly
to blending varieties. A wine with layers of complexity, wrapped around a
balanced and flowing core is our quest. We also want a wine with individuality,
a specific personality, so we have found that working with just two vintages is
The NV14 is the richest,
most dense Cain Cuvée we’ve ever bottled. The wine is dark and the bouquet is
shy. You won’t really “get it” until you put it in your mouth and savor its
firm, round fullness and smooth texture. The wine finishes with a satisfying
Today, with the exception of
Champagne, the blending of vintages has been nearly forgotten and lost, except
with Cain Cuvée. Though the vineyards are the same, no two vintages are ever
identical. Certainly a thoughtful blend of two vintages will always be more
balanced, more complex, and more interesting than either could be by itself.
The whole principle of the
Cain Cuvée project is to deliver wines that you can take seriously, and also
that you can enjoy with or without a special occasion. Even so, if you have a
bottle or two left, the NV14 will easily run for another decade.
like Cain, rates this the best Cain Cuvee yet:
red with plum, ripe-strawberry and flower undertones. Full body, soft tannins
and a savory finish. Gorgeous now. A blend of merlot and cabernet with some
franc and petit verdot. A blend of 2013 and 2014.
than many vintages of Cain Five – and certainly better for near term
drinking…though the winery says the first release is still beautiful.