2019 Janzen 'Cloudy's Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$164.95

From the steep slopes of the Vaca Mountains, the 2020 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet unveils sweet oak, violets, and blue fruit on the nose. Fresh cassis and plum flood the palate, with dried herbs and velvety tannins leading to a long finish. Cellar for 5-10 years for ultimate reward.

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 He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red.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.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Kirk Venge
Vintage:
2019
Aging:
28 months
Oak Treatment:
new Taransaud French oak barrels
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Cloudy's Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol %:
15.1%
Score Wine Enthusiast:
90
SKU #:
1052269
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WE90

Wine Enthusiast

From an estate vineyard on the Vaca Mountain range, this wine has notes of iodine, crushed rock and vanilla bean. Layered and supple, it shows length and breadth on the palate, expanding to reveal enduring richness and intensity.

JD95

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard comes from an estate vineyard located in the Dutch Henry Canyon, situated between the Switchback and Hourglass vineyards. Ripe currants, blueberries, leafy tobacco, iron, and chocolate all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a focused, elegant mouthfeel, a terrific sense of freshness, and outstanding length. It's drinking nicely today, yet this beauty should easily have 15+ years of total longevity.