cain five spring mtn district '12 750ml
Harvest & Varietal Information
Vineyard: 100% Cain Vineyard, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec
Release date: September 1, 2016
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.
The wine drinks beautifully in its youth. Round, plump, juicy, savory, and yes, even fruity. This is a very complex wine that will reward a long meal as it develops in the glass. Today, to enjoy this wine in its optimal state, pour it into a carafe or decanter, give it some air and this sleepy giant will come to life!
"Love the aromas of blackberries, black olives, stones and tree bark. Forest floor too. Full body with powerful, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine. Latour style of Bordeaux. Muscular."
97 points- James Suckling
"Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for half the blend, the supporting characters being 29% Merlot, 8% each Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. In striking contrast to the denser 2013, this has sprightly blackcurrant aromas that are lifted and piquant, with zest and immediacy. It's medium-bodied, taut but silky, with fine acidity and black pepper tones to enliven the palate. Accessible and persistent."
93 points- Decanter