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, with 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 to 30 years.
“A fragrant but savoury bouquet of perfumed blackberry, rich earth, fennel seed and cigar tobacco leads to a wine with a lovely cut, vibrancy and concentration, structured around firm but refined 2013 tannins. Christopher Howell deserves more recognition for the amazing consistency, longevity and sophistication that his wines from this striking Spring Mountain site routinely achieve, as anyone with Cain bottlings in their cellar from the 1980s and 1990s can attest. Drink 2023-2065.”
96 points, Decanter, California Cabernet 2013 Vintage Report
“Lots of plum, clay tile and spice aromas from cumin to cloves. Decadent. Full body, ultra-fine and chewy tannins, and lovely energy and verve. Needs two or three years to soften but complex already.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2016