The 2011 Cain Concept is a beautiful, flowing wine that leaves your palate refreshed. It was a year for low yields and moderate vigor—which is to say it was a year for the Benchlands. It is the difficult years that reveal the potential of the best vineyards and demonstrate the choices we make.
Spring came late and it was rainy, leading to a poor flowering and consequent poor set. A good thing too, that there was less fruit to ripen, since everything got off to such a late start. Despite the low yields, all the serious growers had to selectively thin their crop in order to ensure more uniform ripening. On the cusp of the rains, even on that very morning, we brought the grapes in. But if the fruit wasn’t ready, we were prepared to wait out the rains of early October and watch the true ripening continue. Fortunately, the weather cooperated—the second half of October was beautiful. After many vintages, we know our vineyards and how they ripen. We know all the things to do and when to do them—that’s what we did in 2011. Experience counts.
In the cellar we’ve learned to work with each vintage on its own terms. We’ve learned not to “correct” problems or deficiencies. Rather, we respect what is offered and allow the fruit to release the best of what it has. When grapes ripen slowly and gently, as they did in 2011, that’s not difficult. Then, when we composed the blend in the spring, it was important to make a judicious selection of the most complete and harmonious wines. Nothing in this is unusual for Cain—that’s what we’ve always done.
Cabernet Sauvignon 69%
Petit Verdot 17% Merlot 14%
September 1, 2015