Cain Concept—The Benchland is Cabernet Sauvignon from the classical “benchlands” of the Napa Valley. Cabernet grown on the eastern and western benches of Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena has defined the greatness of the Napa Valley for more than 100 years. In the Cain way, we blend using Cabernet Franc and Merlot to add nuance, structure, and length to the finish.
2009 was a perfect growing season to illustrate our stylistic values. Cain wines are about balance and complexity. We pick in time to preserve the natural freshness of the fruit before it fades on the vine. In this way, we capture lively wines, wines with energy. In this vintage, the rains of mid-October dramatically underscored our aesthetic. It was a year of relatively low yield; the timing of the growing season was spot on; the mid-June flowering presaged a mid-late September harvest; the grapes ripened under a warm August sun, with few of the hot spells that can sometimes cook the fruit. The only drama came in the second week of October, when the Napa Valley received nearly three inches of rain on Tuesday the 13th. We knew that the rain was coming and that it would be significant. At Cain, we had picked all the vines intended for the Cain Concept. By our standards, the fruit was ripe, and it was in perfect condition.
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