Cain Five is one of the most classically-built wines made in the Napa Valley. The emphasis each year is on structure and expressing the terroir of Spring Mountain. In a vintage like 2014, this wine boasts an expansive bouquet. Deep bass notes of black currant and hot rocks emerge. Toasty bread and bay laurel follow. This is only an infant and will provide enjoyment for 20-30 years.
“Aromas of sweet tobacco, chocolate and currants. Wet earth and forest floor. Heads into blueberry territory. Very aromatic. Full body, silky tannins and bright acidity. Changes to blackberries towards the end. Tight and bright. Shows balance and structure. Available in 2019. Try it then.”
96 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2017
“51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot. Toasty and broad. Different, a bit more biscuity. Quite fun and confident and well balanced with some interest. Very lively – almost biodynamic character here! Good balance and a bit of intrigue. Drink through 2027.”
17/20 Jancis Robinson, Jan 2018
“A lovely young Cain Five, the 2014 bursts with notes of singed plum, blackberry, bay laurel and peony. The full-bodied wine is framed by taut, savoury tannins and underpinned by juicy acids. This is one 2014 which comes across as rather more austere than its 2013 counterpart, so some time in the cellar is recommended.”
94 points, Decanter magazine, May 2017