About This Wine
In the world of wine, there is blending... and then there is blending.
Many wineries add a dollop of Merlot to their Cabernet Sauvignon, or a splash of Semillon to the Sauvignon Blanc. At Napa Valley’s Cain Vineyard & Winery, however, blending is taken to whole different level with its Bordeaux-style red known as Cain Cuvee.
The current release, labeled “NV8,” combines four grape varieties, five growing districts of Napa Valley and — what really sets it apart from other blends — three different vintages. “All these factors contribute to a wine that is well balanced, surprisingly complex and with a unique personality,” sums up Cain winemaker Christopher Howell.
Together, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon account for four-fifths of the varietal makeup, joined by smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. More than half of the juice came from the 2008 harvest, with 2007 and 2006 also contributing. It’s a wine that’s classically Napa Valley... and classically Cain.
About Bordeaux Blend
A Bordeaux Blend is a blended red wine with six varities: Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
- Grape Composition:48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc & 6% Petit Verdot
- Grape Source:5 Napa Valley Appellations
- Aromas & Flavors:Cassis, Raspberry, Spice, Black Cherry and Chocolate
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiona grilled burger, or a French dip sandwich.