Iconic and “synonymous with excellence” describe both this celebrated Beckstoffer historic vineyard and winemaker Kirk Venge, the main forces behind this spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2018 vintage added its own magic into the mix, resulting in a wine of tremendous opulence that maintains the signature elegance and complexity of the vineyard. Like any classy date, it introduces itself with a bouquet of roses and hints of spice. Full-bodied and beautifully balanced, this is a seriously head-turning wine from Janzen that can be enjoyed now or cellared for a decade-plus.
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 He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red.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.
Lastly, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is more expressive and ready to go, offering a beautiful bouquet of cassis, blueberries, flowery incense, tobacco leaf, sandalwood, and violet-like nuances. Beautifully balanced and full-bodied, with that classic To Kalon sexiness as well as purity on the palate, this is another head-turning wine in this lineup that can be drunk today or cellared for 15-20 years.
This wine exudes dark mocha, black currant and cassis flavors, coming together in a seamless, opulent style. Sweet oak and notes of clove, cinnamon and black pepper dot a structured, complex and full-bodied wine of considerable length.
Cherry pie and plums with lots of vanilla and walnuts. Spicy wood. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a juicy finish. A bigger style. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.