Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cain Cuvée

Cain Vineyard & Winery
Cain Cuv
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Napa Valley
St. Helena, California, USA
$23.44 -- Grapevine Market, Austin, TX

Color: Medium to deep strawberry, a tinge of purple edge
Nose: Burnt raspberries
Body: Medium to Full
Front: Strawberry
Middle: Dried cherry, mint
Back: Coffee, soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This has the Napa Valley mark on it, to be sure, but it's a more restrained, Frenchy sort of style. That said, it isn't all leather and cigar smoke--it's fruits and herbs. It needs air, and wouldn't suffer from a year or two more in the bottle (stored in the dark at responsible temperature and humidity, of course). The mintiness only emerged after I'd decanted it for an hour, and helped balance out the palate. It was tasty with the grilled filet mignon and tossed salad with avocado that I painstakingly prepared this evening, instead of doing my work.

NB to the NV: This wine is made up from two different vintages, the 2006 and 2005.