Cain Concept—The Benchland is vinified and aged exactly like the Cain Five, but the core of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the classical “benchlands” that have defined the greatness of the Napa Valley for more than 100 years. Naturally, in the “Cain Way,” we blend in the sister varieties to build complexity, to add nuance, to articulate the structure, and to draw the wine to a satisfying finish.
Vineyards: 100% Napa Valley, Rutherford
"The Cain Concept is the ripest, roundest, fullest wine in our collection. It is a wine of wonderful ripeness, that epitomizes our ideals of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the classic Benchlands of the Napa Valley. It displays the aromatic complexity, smooth entry, balanced mouthfeel and graceful finish, which are the signatures of the Cain style. It is simply bursting with fragrant aromas of fruit, flowers, tobacco and spice, all layered over a zesty, juicy structure that promises many years to come. The Napa Valley is justifiably famous for one variety. As diverse and complex as our little Napa Valley is, many good wines are grown in a comparatively small area. But in this valley, there is only one variety that can be called great: Cabernet Sauvignon. Even then, there is no more than 10% of the Napa Valley that can grow the quality of wines for which the Napa Valley is recognized the world over. The best known and the most classical sites are the alluvial benchlands which line the edges of the Napa Valley from Yountville to Calistoga. The heart of this all is in Oakville and Rutherford. It is from here that we draw the Cabernet Sauvignon for Cain Concept—The Benchland. If you know Cain, you know that, while there are many wonderful Cabernets grown in the Napa Valley, nothing else tastes like Cain. The reason for this is very simple: Intention. When many are looking for intensity, our quest is complexity. Where many want power, we strive for grace. The result is a balanced, multi-faceted wine that not only will age well, it keeps us, and you interested and refreshed throughout the course of a meal and a conversation with friends. And that’s what wine is all about." - Christopher Howell, Wine-Grower
This is really aromatic, with wonderful dried flower petal and plums, plus hints of cinnamon. Full body, soft and velvety. Long and flavorful. Unique, decadent flavor profile to this. Drink 2021-2031.
No Malbec in this blend, but 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot and 19% Petit Verdot. Quite different aromas from Cain Five, with succulent and generous black fruits. The palate is hedonistic and luxurious, with a rich, suave texture, although supported by ample tannin and good acidity. Spicy and edgy, this has vigour and length.