This wine is vinified and aged exactly like the Cain Five, but the core of the Cain Concept—The Benchland is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the classical "benchlands" that have defined the greatness of the Napa Valley for more than 100 years. Naturally, in the "Cain Way," the sister varieties are blended in to build complexity, to add nuance, to articulate the structure, and to draw the wine to a satisfying close.
Made with Cabernet Sauvignon 46%, Merlot 26%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Petit Verdot 13%. This wine shines in the glass like a finely polished garnet. The nose is an undefined mix of red fruits: cherries and plums, surely, but what else? Nothing sticks out; the whole is so tightly composed that it is impossible to pick this wine apart. Sweet and silky smooth on the palate, a firm dense core leads to a satisfying and graceful finish. The wine drinks well now, but clearly has a decade ahead of it.