CAIN VINEYARD & WINERY
Cain is inspired by a place and a vision. The Place: the unmistakable Cain Vineyard, hidden in its own Shangri-La cradled at the top of the Spring Mountain District. The Vision: a quest for Balance through blending the Cabernet family of varieties.
The Cain Vineyard is one of the coldest places on Spring Mountain, yet Cain is among the first to pick. The soils are poor and the yields are low. We have learned to love the perfumed, floral, green forest, herbal and earthy bouquet of the Cain Five along with its firm, but super-refined tannins. This experience has informed our understanding of ripeness, which can be found in all three wines, Cain Five, Cain Concept and Cain Cuvée. In every case, we seek to capture the energy of the fruit before it fades. This is one of the secrets of wines that can age.
In a mountain vineyard, it is easy to make a big wine. The challenge is to make a balanced wine. The vision of the Cain Five is to seek balance through blending of the classic association of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot with a base of Cabernet Sauvignon. After 30 vintages, we understand that this is not a formula, but a method that weaves a tapestry of the vines from which we draw. We seek not to obscure, but rather to honor the signature of each vineyard with which we work. Moreover, we have learned to appreciate the potential of blending to develop complexity, harmony, finish, and above all, Balance.
Beyond all of this, at Cain, we have learned that Wine can transcend Fruit. In some sense, Fermentation is Magic. Wine begins with grapes, but it need not stop there. Through all of the transformations, both intracellular, by yeast, by bacteria, from before the primary fermentation, through the secondary fermentation and beyond into the fermentations and transformations of elevage, wine can truly be a living substance, far more compelling, more satisfying, and more memorable than any fruit juice.