vineyard and winery is a mountain estate perched high above St. Helena in the
Spring Mountain District of the Napa Valley. In 1980 the founders, Jerry and Joyce
Cain, chose this rugged mountain terrain as the first estate to grow the five
principal red Bordeaux varieties. Their dream of producing a red wine that would
rival the best in the world has come to life with Cain Five. Jim and Nancy Meadlock,
partners of the Cain's and now sole proprietors, continue the stewardship of the
vineyards and the winemaking with the release of the first 100% estate bottled
Cain Five from the 1990 vintage.
The ranch totals 542 acres of which 84 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet
Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are planted on steep terraces dramatically cut
into the hillsides. Here at the crest line of the Mayacamas Range the storms are
violent and the sun is intense. Years of back breaking labor have gone into babying
our vines to grow in meager soils. The yield in most vintages is small compared
to vineyards on the valley floor, but the reward is grapes of uncommon concentration
of color, flavor and rich tannins.
Extraordinary wines are essentially made in the vineyards, therefore our winemaking
centers on the careful vinification of some two dozen lots from different vineyard
locations. Our philosophy of minimal and gentle handling of the wine requires
meticulous attention to detail. The greatest influence on the style of Cain Five
is the careful blending of the five varieties to craft a superior finished wine.
We have also created Cain Cuvee, an alternative style blended from lots that do
not fit the Cain Five.
Cain Vineyard & Winery / 3800 Langtry Road / St. Helena, CA 94574 / 707-963-1616