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Cain Cain Five Cabernet Blend 2004

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Note: due to the scarcity of this wine, we must limit orders to 6 bottles per client WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: �2004 is a classic Cain Five�in the mold of the 1991 and 1994 vintages, but more refined. As with all vintages, the 2004 is all about the weather: at bloom and during ripening. In 2004, we had a poor bloom in our mountain-top vineyard, resulting in a yield smaller than our normal 1.5 tons per acre. The final blend incorporated more Merlot and less Petit Verdot than in some previous years. This was a natural reflection of the gentle, moderate ripening conditions. There was less heat than in the warmest vintages, which, in turn, gave us good concentration along with deeper and �sweeter� tannins. The 2004 Cain Five epitomizes the character of the Cain Vineyard: freshness and vibrancy are the keys. Aromas of citrus and Douglas-fir overlay the black currant and black cherry of our mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is juicy, sweet, and mouth-watering. As always, we blend to achieve balance and continuity on the palate, followed by a long finish. While this wine drinks beautifully today, I expect the 2004 to age gracefully over the next ten years.� RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled Beef tender with sweet onion and red peppers Rosemary Lamb chops Aged Manchego cheese from Spain

Region: USA » California » Napa » Spring Mountain

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Winery: Cain Five
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cain Five:
    Cain Five was founded in 1980 by Joyce and Jerry Cain on 550 acres of the historic McCormick Ranch on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon was the focal point of their project, blended with its Bordeaux friends Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, a.k.a. the Cain Five. Nancy and Jim Meadlock joined them in 1986 and became sole owners when the Ca... Read more
    Cain Five was founded in 1980 by Joyce and Jerry Cain on 550 acres of the historic McCormick Ranch on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon was the focal point of their project, blended with its Bordeaux friends Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, a.k.a. the Cain Five. Nancy and Jim Meadlock joined them in 1986 and became sole owners when the Cains retired in 1991. The vineyards are situated on the sides of a valley bowl, in the hills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The grapes are grown in predominantly clay soils, in close proximity to a forest of Douglas Fir trees, which are thought to contribute to the unique flavor profile of the wines. These are made with extra attention to detail using classical winemaking styles. The three main wines produced by Cain Five, all Cabernet Sauvignon blends, are Cain Cuvée, Cain Five and Cain Concept.  Read less

Note: due to the scarcity of this wine, we must limit orders to 6 bottles per client WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: �2004 is a classic Cain Five�in the mold of the 1991 and 1994 vintages, but more refined. As with all vintages, the 2004 is all about the weather: at bloom and during ripening. In 2004, we had a poor bloom in our mountain-top vineyard, resulting in a yield smaller than our normal 1.5 tons per acre. The final blend incorporated more Merlot and less Petit Verdot than in some previous years. This was a natural reflection of the gentle, moderate ripening conditions. There was less heat than in the warmest vintages, which, in turn, gave us good concentration along with deeper and �sweeter� tannins. The 2004 Cain Five epitomizes the character of the Cain Vineyard: freshness and vibrancy are the keys. Aromas of citrus and Douglas-fir overlay the black currant and black cherry of our mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is juicy, sweet, and mouth-watering. As always, we blend to achieve balance and continuity on the palate, followed by a long finish. While this wine drinks beautifully today, I expect the 2004 to age gracefully over the next ten years.� RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled Beef tender with sweet onion and red peppers Rosemary Lamb chops Aged Manchego cheese from Spain

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