As always, we compose the blend following three essential desiderata: Complexity, Balance, and Persistence. Moderate yields, moderate temperatures, and complete but slow ripening gave us wines with depth, concentration, and a solid core of dense, age worthy tannins. These are the hallmarks of mountain fruit: 65 percent of this wine was grown on Spring Mountain; about one-third of this vintage was grown in our estate vineyard. These wines allowed us to create a Cain Five that is balanced and flowing, with a firm beginning, middle, and end. The nose is subtle and complex: notes of cedar, blackberries, and roasted nuts draw one into the glass, where a sweet entry awaits. Weight on the palate suggests constrained intensity, which leads to a well-defined finish that seems to be just waiting to blossom in the years to come.
Wine SpectatorRich and focused, with herb, currant, anise, sage and cedary oak flavors that are balanced and long, and tasty on the finish. Shows complexity, with its mix of tobacco and sage flavors. Firmly tannic. Best from 2004 through 2012. 5,130 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThis blend of five Bordeaux varieties is lean and tight, opening with flavors of earth, tobacco and sage. The winemaker has crafted a dry, tannic mountain wine built for the cellar. There is a solid core of blackberry fruit, and the wine should age effortlessly for 10 years.