From La Piedra, the dramatic rock outcropping that anchors Cain Vineyard at an elevation of 1,700 feet
From ultra-low yield mountainside soils, like sandstone,
shale and clay: ancient marine sedimentary rock
Site dominates variety: Could you guess by tasting?
Cabernet Sauvignon with an accent of Malbec
Signature aromas of Cain Vineyards: wild herbs, forest
and flowers with shockingly fine tannins
This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 120 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family.
This is a wine about a place. For your Premiere Napa Valley wine, François Bugué has selected two blocks of vines with their roots planted at an elevation of 1,700 feet. These vines are grown in ultra-low yield mountainside soils, like sandstone, shale and clay. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with an accent of Malbec embodies the distinct personality of the site, with exotic notes of lavender and violets floating above a base-note of licorice. The firm structure of fine tannins underpins a wine of great finesse. A wine for the ages.
Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Cain Vineyard & Winery
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
A confirmed traditionalist, with a New World perspective, Chris believes that winemaking is merely the corollary of grapegrowing. Originality is discovered in the vineyard.
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