The wine shows that the grapes were fully ripe (14.3% alcohol) yet with tremendous subtlety and complexity—just the way we like it. Among the key factors were the relatively low yields of less than two tons per acre and the moderate temperatures that allowed the vines to thrive all summer long. Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Malbec 9%, Petit Verdot 5%.
The Cain Vineyard site is truly spectacular, cradled in a bowl overlooking St. Helena from the top of the Spring Mountain District.
In 1980, Joyce and Jerry Cain purchased part of the McCormick Ranch, a homestead dating back to the 1840’s. The Cains were in search of a unique mountain property where they could realize their dream of planting the five classical Bordeaux varietals from which to draw one ideally structured wine, which would result as a blend of all five varieties. Jim and Nancy Meadlock joined the Cains in 1986, and in 1991 they purchased full ownership. The first Cain Five, the 1985 vintage was released in 1989. Cain produces 3 wines: Cain Five, Cain Cuvee and Cain Concept.
Varying in elevation from 1,400 to 2,100 feet (450–675 meters), our vineyard clings to the sides of a bowl, sited spectacularly, and improbably, along the crest of the Mayacamas Range. The vineyard overlooks the Napa Valley and Saint Helena from the most south-western corner of the Spring Mountain District. Very steep slopes, low yielding vines and a climate that offers cooler temperature and longer hang time – all these factors contribute to the uniqueness of the Cain Vineyard.