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.
The 2010 Cain Concept—The Benchland has a long life ahead of it. Only now, in the summer of 2014, is it just coming around. It has a robe of deep, dark purple and the scent of cassis and cocoa. Its firm structure and refined tannins signal a long life. You can savor this wine over a long evening, or over two evenings and you’ll just begin to get to know it. Decant it and it will begin to tell its story.
A cool year suits us just fine. In the Napa Valley, Cain has long been known to pick earlier than many colleagues—sometimes weeks earlier. Consistent with our predilection for moderate ripeness, by mid-October we found everything we were looking for. Moreover, at 14.6% alcohol, don’t think that this wine is a wimp.
Harvest and Varietal Information
Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 10%
Cabernet Franc 9% Petit Verdot 1%
September 1, 2014