Kirk Venge is the lucky guy who gets to work his magic in this cellar, turning Janzen’s pristine fruit into exceedingly lush wines. This red has dense fruit flavors, inky color and a shocking depth of character. The earthen minerality keeps things serious on the palate and then there’s the caress of vanilla scented oak to class-up the luxuriously long finish. Solidly built, this is strong work from Claus and Kirk. Let’s not mince words—this is a fantastic Cabernet, blended from vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford.
Claus Janzen doesn't shy away from taking the road less traveled. He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red. When he moved that project into the world of Cabernet, he did so with the philosophy that it would be the vineyards rather than the blend that would drive the program's success. So, like many other notable Cabernet producers, Claus turned to vine guru Andy Beckstoffer for fruit, and the rest as they say, is history. With the help of lauded winemaker Kirk Venge, he has created a range of Napa Cabernets with completely unique personalities, and the critics have taken note. He's even dialed in a sensational Pinot Noir from a serious vineyard down south. Some of our favorite wines year in and year out, you'd be wise to pay attention to this lauded producer.