Cain "Cuvée NV12" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend SKU #1275857


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Tasting Notes

The most approachable and affordable of Cain's production, the NV cuvees possess a certain kind of "old world" rustic charm not usually found in wines from the Napa Valley today. For a Bordeaux-lover branching out to California wines, or a California connoisseur seeking something different than your go-to Cab, the NV12 is well worth a try. Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 4%, Malbec 4%.

Staff Reviews

  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're a California wine drinker looking to try something new, or a lover of Bordeaux exploring Californian wines this is a great wine to bridge the gap. Hearty, rustic and balanced all at once, this wine is a great pairing for steaks, stews or burgers. Dark fruit, a little funk and some earthiness make this a complex wine that drinks well beyond its price point.
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    From one of our favorite Spring Mountain producers comes this non vintage bordeaux blend. Consisting of two vintages and six different grapes, half on the valley floor and half on spring mountain, this wine is crafted to fit right in at steak and claret night, but could even moonlight during a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour! It has more of an old school napa edge to it; the dark fruit is restrained, not big and juicy, there are earthy and nicely integrated, not overt, oak qualities to it, along with acidity and fine, black tea tannin to wrap it all up. It is a well balanced throwback that will do wonders on your dinner table this weekend!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Cain's non-vintage "NV" offerings are some of the Valley's best value reds. If you are a fan of old-world styled, hearty red wines that carry a bit of a funky, bretty edge than this wine is a must try. Unfortunately, this type of wine is a dying breed in California as most wineries are shifting towards the production of bigger, rounder and flashier reds. The NV12 is a blend of 2012 and 2011 (59% & 41%, respectively) and consists of 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. For those rustic wine lovers out there, this one's for you!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Some of the more esoteric wines coming from California, the entire Cain line tends towards a more French style with higher acid, more tannin, and often a little Brett. The Cain Cuvee, though, is spectacular for those looking to branch out of the ripe, rich end of Napa and explore some of its alleyways. Raspberry and cassis along with some leather in the nose are carried along by a fine acid core. A little earth balances the fruit and rather fine tannins create a long finish. Definitely a little off the beaten path for Napa, this is a perfect food wine for the colder months.


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