From the site of one of Napa Valley’s oldest grape growing locations, comes this opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with exceptional concentration and finesse. Currants, chocolate, loam and tobacco on the nose hint at the richness within. Full-bodied, with wonderful tannins, terrific purity and a great finish. This has a good two decades in the tank.
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 He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red.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.
While this valley floor vineyard doesn’t get the credit it deserves, it turns out some magical wines. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is a terrific success in this vintage. It displays a deep purple color as well as rocking notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, tobacco leaf, and loamy earth. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent on the palate, it has wonderful tannins (which aren't a given in this vintage), a terrific sense of elegance and purity, and a great finish. This beautiful 2017 is going to drink well for at least 15-20 years.