Tasted next to 2009 and 2008 Cain Five and easily the best of the three. Spicy nose, savoury, dark fruit, tobacco. There is great balance on the palate - good fruit, powdery tannins and well-integrated acidity. Elegant and fine. Very good length. 92-94
Very Cain Five which means very old world to me. Bretty in the best way. Continues to open. Perfect with aged beef. For those disappointed by the bretty aspect maybe understand the winemakers goal before you buy. From their website: "There are those, well-trained in identifying a litany of flaws to which a wine might be subject, who are able to identify the unmistakable signature of the yeast Brettanomyces, affectionately called “Brett,” usually thought to be a flaw. If a wine were only about Brett, that would be a problem, especially if it were pure barnyard. But for us, it isn’t—we find much more than any single element to define this wine. To those who simply can’t abide any hint of Brettanomyces, we respect your opinion.
To our way of thinking, the presence or absence of Brett is not a flaw per se—rather, it’s an attribute. Just as with perceptible oak, oxidation, or volatile acidity—all possible elements in a wine—we believe that nothing should stick out, and no one thing should be the defining trait. It is all about balance and harmony."
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