The “Divine Kiss,” by former Caymus marketing guru Claus Janzen, has steadily garnered huge critical praise since its introduction in 1993. This is a smooth, hedonistic Cabernet with a brushstroke of Sangiovese shepherded into the bottle by gifted young winemaker Kirk Venge. The Wine Advocate loved its “crème de cassis, baked blackberries and chocolate box with hints of menthol, Chinese five spice and cardamom… it explodes with gregarious black fruit and exotic spice flavors, with a velvety texture and great freshness.” Such an enticing experience!
Claus Janzen is a man who knows Cabernet. Having worked for and with some very prominent Napa properties over the years, he understands the rhythms of the vineyard and what it takes to make great stuff. He's also an innovator in the cellar, having successfully spearheaded wines like Bacio Divino, where non-traditional combinations have enjoyed considerable critical praise. Robert Parker commented that "the strength of his portfolio remains his innovative blends." Working with Nils Venge, the first American winemaker to ever receive a "100-point" rating, and Nils' talented son Kirk, Claus continues to expand his offerings, including a very limited batch of single-vineyard, single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignons from a few very select vineyards. We expect his string of success to continue well into the future.
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Sangiovese and 2% Petit Verdot aged for 20 months in new French oak, the 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crème de cassis, baked blackberries and chocolate box with hints of menthol, Chinese five spice and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes with gregarious black fruit and exotic spice flavors, with a velvety texture and great freshness, finishing long and lively.