Cain Vineyard and Winery

Francois'Pick: AxR Cain Vineyard
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 76
Vintage: 2010

Cain Vineyard and Winery

Francois'Pick: AxR Cain Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District

5 cases produced


Over the past twenty years, Napa Valley has undergone a metamorphosis thanks to an infamous tiny insect, phylloxera, and the choice to use a single rootstock, the equally infamous Aramon x Rupestris, Ganzin No. 1-AxR#1 (whose roots ultimately succumb to phylloxera). In 2010, Cain's metamorphosis was complete, as we replanted all but four acres of our vineyard. A few plantings remain on the hardy, resistant Rupestris St. George (a heritage treasure) along with a few plots of vines grafted on AxR. We have noted that as these AxR vines fade and their yield declines, the quality of the grapes improves. So for Premiere Napa Valley, Francois Bugue, our associate winemaker, has crafted a wine from just these vines. Be the first to taste 2010 from the oldest vines at Cain!

Aging Process

Barrel aged

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.76
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Francois Bugue

Winemaker, Cain Vineyard & Winery

Winemaker, Francois Bugue

I was born and raised in Cognac, France, where my family has a vineyard. After completing four years of enology and viticulture school, I took over the management of my family's estate. Then, at age 24, I decided to explore the New World of wine. Ending up in the Napa Valley, I worked for a small winery, Bernard Pradel Cellars (now Elyse), where I managed their viticulture and winemaking. I worked the harvest of 1993 at Newton Vineyard, and began working for Cain Vineyard & Winery in 1994 as associate winemaker.

Country born: France

Education: Four years of studying viticulture and enology in France

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Winemaking begins in the vineyard, a long time before any fermentation takes place in the cellar. Being able to read what the vines are showing you, and how the grapes are behaving at harvest time, is a must. The process of transforming grapes into wine in the barrel should flow easily, until judicious blending takes place.


578 Gateway Drive
Napa  CA  94558


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Cain Vineyard and Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Francois'Pick: AxR Cain Vineyard 16
Canard Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga 16
Faust 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Le Démon de Midi 16
Kuleto Estate 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley Gatto Nero 16
Rubissow 2010 Red Wine Mount Veeder Hawkwind 16
Spelletich Family Wine Company 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 16
Stony Hill Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
von Strasser Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District Rudy's Choice 16
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