2013 Cain Five

Despite our constant commitment to balance and grace, despite our long demonstrated belief that power and intensity do not equate to quality, the 2013 Cain Five is undoubtedly the most dense and structured Cain Five since the 1994. A perfect reflection of the vintage and the place–it is a classic vin de terroir. Drink it young, decant it now and savor, or drink it in twenty years...or anywhere in-between.

The nose reminds us of the vineyard, the place, with its notes of the forest and wild herbs. And we find a hint of the funky animal notes, also a signature of the Cain Vineyard. The depth and warmth of the palate tells we’re in a land of sun and dry summers (not Bordeaux)–reminiscent of the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, Italy, Greece–but with a depth, a wildness, and a generosity that could only be from somewhere between Napa and Sonoma. Even then, the site is distinctly, unmistakably Cain.

2013 was the year of little rain, the driest Spring we can recall, with a very dry Fall as well. We had an early budbreak, a warm Spring, followed by a relatively hot Summer, that, at the critical moment, it cooled off in late August allowing the fruit to attain full ripeness without too much heat. We were able to wait until mid- September to begin harvest, and then working methodically, punctuated by a good hit of rain, we were done by the middle of October. Ideal!


Cabernet Sauvignon 51%   Merlot 22%
Cabernet Franc 14%   Malbec 8%    Petit Verdot 5%

100% Cain Vineyard, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

Release date:
September 1, 2017

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