Cain Vineyard & Winery

The Phoenix Rises
2021 Red Table Wine
Spring Mountain District

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 149
Vintage: 2021

Cain Vineyard & Winery

The Phoenix Rises

Red Table Wine
Spring Mountain District

5 cases produced


  • Cain recovers with the first harvest from the Cain Vineyard following the 2020 Glass Fire
  • Five varieties, 100% estate and organically grown, compose the classic Cain Five
  • Inhale the unmistakable fresh scent of the Cain Vineyard
  • Discover the true mark of terroir in the texture of the Cain Five


Cradled in a spectacular bowl all to itself, clinging to the side of the Mayacamas range at the top of Spring Mountain, the Cain Vineyard is truly iconic. In 1985, with its first vintage, the Cain Five was one of Napa's early Cabernet blends of the modern era. Today, it is recognized as one of the most distinctive wines of Napa Valley. Following the disasters of recent wildfires nothing could be more satisfying than rediscovering the signature aromas, flavors and textures of our Cain Vineyard in the 2021 Cain Five offering. Though many vines were lost to the 2020 Glass Fire, enough stalwart survivors persisted to remind us why we tend the vineyard on this difficult mountain! Cain continues, thanks to the efforts of a profoundly dedicated team, the generous support of Napa's winegrowing community, and the inspiration of an amazing vineyard.

Christopher Howell

Winemaker, Cain Vineyard & Winery

Winemaker, Christopher Howell

Chris Howell calls himself, Wine-Grower. He has dedicated more than twenty-five years to Cain Vineyard & Winery. His commitment to Cain stems from a realization that one can only learn from one vintage to the next, and that depth of knowledge of a single vineyard takes years to acquire. His focus is on fine wine-growing, following the process from vineyard into the cellar and finally to the glass. There are just two essential prerequisites for doing this, knowing wine and loving wine. In both of these, he remains a perpetual student.

Country born: United States

Education: My perspective has been informed by very many generous friends, colleagues and teachers, both in Napa and from throughout the world, who have shared their experiences generously. I thank them all.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
A confirmed traditionalist, with a New World perspective, Chris believes that winemaking is merely the corollary of grapegrowing. Originality is discovered in the vineyard.

Winery Distribution

Cain Vineyard & Winery is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Cain Vineyard & Winery Contact: Matt Strayer


  • Arizona ( Quail )
  • California ( Revel )
  • Colorado ( Breakthru )
  • Florida ( Terroir Selections )
  • Georgia ( Ultimate )
  • Illinois ( High Road )
  • Massachusetts ( Ruby )
  • Minnesota ( Maverick )
  • Missouri ( Vintegrity )
  • New York ( Banville )
  • Oklahoma ( Premium )
  • Texas ( Maverick )


  • Canada - Ontario ( Stephen Ranger )
  • United Kingdom ( J & B )
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