2012 was the first and possibly the best in a series of three excellent vintages that rival the best of the last three decades. Growing conditions were just about ideal, and the vines responded beautifully with just the right amount of grapes that they were able to bring to just the right degree of ripeness at just the right moment. In terms of character, this wine has it in spades, with Cain Vineyard written all over it. You’ll find it from the first nose, of seductive, aromatic, green perfume, to the very end of the finish—especially the very long, complex finish, with beautifully polished texture.
In 2012, almost any place can produce a good wine. But the Cain Vineyard goes much farther than simply good. The wines of the Cain Vineyard are stamped with a personality unlike those of anywhere else. The floral-herbal perfume, the fine, mouthwatering tannins, the layers of complexity are all specific to this place. A distinctive character is the hallmark of a great vineyard.
Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot 29%
Cabernet Franc 8% Petit Verdot 8% Malbec 5%
100% Cain Vineyard, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
September 1, 2016