Our Score: 90
NV 15 is made in a spectacular spot on the crest of the Spring Mountain District, in Napa Valley. Aside from the scenery, what stands out about Cain Vineyard and Winery is that they re-introduced the blending of vintages in the winemaking process. This is still common practice in Champagne, where millesimé (which means single vintage) is an exception. In red wines it was common in ancient times, but not in modern fine wine making.
For this NV 15, Cain blends not only four grapes but also two vintages.
The result is a powerful - yet fresh and crisp - full-bodied red wine, with blackcurrants and blueberries at the nose followed by green pepper, tobacco leaves, and potpourri. In the mouth, it is intense, dense, full bodied, bold and the tannins are elegant enough.
Grapes: Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Pairing: I like this wine with lamb or gamy meat.
Appellation: Napa Valley AVA, USA