Cain Five 2007
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District|
Most wine lovers will consider 2007 the best vintage of the decade; certainly it surpasses 1997. This in itself should be enough-among all vintages, it is one you must own. Both the Cain Five and the Cain Concept are true reflections of the 2007 vintage-balanced ripeness, richness, and concentration. Each wine also reflects the place where the grapes grow. 2007 was one of the rare vintages that worked just as well on the mountain tops-such as our Cain Vineyard-and on the valley floor in our beloved benchlands. This is because almost everything was perfect: the vines yielded neither too much nor too little, the weather was neither too hot nor too cool, the ripening occurred neither too early nor too late. Of course we picked our Cain Vineyard later in general than the Benchland, and for once, the weather cooperated, giving us a gentle warm October-perfect for a wonderful harvest. However, we will also remember 2007 as the vintage in which, after many years of replanting, we were finally able to return the Cain Five to 100% Cain Vineyard-Estate Bottled. After its first five years as Estate Bottled, we began replanting our vineyard in the spring of 1995. Although the replanting is not yet complete, and many blocks are still young, we are beginning to see and taste, literally, "the fruits of our labors." For the past few vintages, the proportion of our Cain Vineyard in the Cain Five has been gradually increasing, so that by 2003, we could call it "Spring Mountain District" (we got around to putting that on the label in 2005) and now with 2007 we can call it "Estate Bottled," which means 100% of the grapes were grown in our Cain Vineyard.
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Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 year oldTaylor Fladgate is one of the most highly respected producers of aged tawny Port wines. 20 Year Old Tawny Port is fully matured in seasoned oak casks each holding about 630 litres of wine. Here, over many years of ageing, the Port wine gradually takes on its characteristic amber 'tawny' colour, slowly developing the complex mellow flavours and the smooth luscious palate which are the hallmarks of this style of port. Intense amber tawny colour. Opulent and voluptuous nose of complex spicy, jammy and nutty aromas, hints of orange flower and a fine oakiness coming from the long period of aging in cask. The palate is full of very rich and concentrated flavour and has a long mellow finish. An excellent accompaniment to many desserts. It combines well with flavours of figs, almonds and caramel. It is an excellent complement for a crème brulée or a plate of wild strawberries. It may also be appreciated on its own, at the end of the meal, with walnuts or dried fruit.
Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 30 year oldDeep, old gold colour with hints of dried fruit and honey offsetting the rich nutty aromas. Lush, silky richness with an elegant, slightly austere quality which is quite distinctive. Subtle dried fruit flavours underly, exotic layers of caramel and nuts culminating in an endless finish. An excellent accompaniment to many desserts. It combines well with flavours of figs, almonds and caramel. It is an excellent for a crème brulée or a plate of wild strawberries. It may also be appreciated on its own, at the end of the meal, with walnuts or dried fruit.
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