2016 is a classic Cain Five. Superbly nuanced and articulated, round, sweet, flowing, with just enough mouth-watering acidity and savory grip so that you know this wine, delicious today, promises to have a great future.
2016 was one of those years, neither too hot nor too cold, where ripening could proceed smoothly and progressively, with no abrupt hot spells to cook the fruit. Harvest in the Cain Vineyard began in mid-September and by mid-October we were done. Rain began falling on the 14th of October. Yes, we really did pick before the rain.
The wine shows that the grapes were fully ripe (14.3% alcohol) yet with tremendous subtlety and complexity—just the way we like it. Among the key factors were the relatively low yields of less than two tons per acre and the moderate temperatures that allowed the vines to thrive all summer long.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Malbec 9%, Petit Verdot 5%