If you have enjoyed our prior “vintages” of Cain Cuvée, you will want to follow the thread with NV11. The NV11 is a blend of wines from both the 2010 and the 2011 harvests, two of the cooler years in the past two decades. Expect freshness and a bit more structure than usual. All of the Cain Cuvée series have aged well. The NV11 will age particularly well, but you can drink it tonight.
Those of you who have followed our Cain Cuvée know that it is not your typical Napa red wine; no big, inky, oaky blockbuster here. Our Cuvée is intended to sit lightly, refreshingly on your palate. There is all the fruit that you could want, but the Cain Cuvée is not fruit juice. It is, most assuredly, fine wine for serious wine-lovers who value complexity, balance, and finish. The Cain Cuvée is for those who know that wine doesn’t have to be big to be good.
The Cain Cuvée project began over twenty years ago and it is still a work in progress. That is the beauty of wine: each vintage is new, and each vintage is different. We have been blending two harvests since 1998. Although they always balance one another in the composition, the function of each wine in the blend will be different. Typically, it is the mountain vineyards, at York Creek and at Cain, that deliver the bigger wines that come from the earlier year.
Year after year, most of the Cain Cuvée is drawn from the same vineyards—the exact same rows of vines—to compose our blend. A minority is contributed from the Cain Vineyard. Even so, each year these same vines are a year older and the grower may also have learned a thing or two. We have been working with most of our key growers of the Cain Cuvée for ten years or more: York Creek (1994), Nord (1995), Gallegos (2002), and Stanton (2006). So even if the vintages were precisely identical, and we did everything the same way in our cellar, the wines would still be different.
Of course, we continue to evolve; we are always making adjustments in an effort to get closer to our goal. Even the goal evolves. Don’t we all?
76% 2011, 24% 2010
Merlot 46% Cabernet Sauvignon 33%
Cabernet Franc 15% Petit Verdot 6%
Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville,
Spring Mountain, and Los Carneros
May 1, 2015