2018 was a fantastic vintage in the Napa Valley and Bacio Divino was able to achieve perfect ripeness in the vineyards across all varietals for this big red. Generous aromas include plum and cassis with a hint of sweet oak supporting the rich, dark fruit. Lush on the palate with supple acidity and fine tannins. Simply divine.
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.
This is a big red wine, blended with 3% Sangiovese and aged 22 months in all new French oak, sourced from Beckstoffer Heritage Vineyards. A sweetness of berry complete and cassis rises on the nose and entry on the palate, lifted by underlying acidity and earthy notes of cedar and pencil. It will do well in the cellar; enjoy best from 2025 through 2030.