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99pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the 2016 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep purple-black color and is scented of crushed black cherries, warm plums and cassis with touches of sautéed herbs and underbrush, plus a waft of cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, it has a very firm backbone of very finely grained tannins and a wonderfully earthy character complemented by loads of tightly coiled fruit, finishing with great length and depth.
Barrel Sample: 97-99
98pts Jeb Dunnuck
I love this valley floor site, and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is a brilliant wine on all accounts! Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a vibrant bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, spring flowers, licorice, and graphite, with loads of smoke tobacco and cigar notes developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied and concentrated, it stays fresh and lively on the palate, with terrific balance between its fruit, acidity, and tannins. It’s a structured wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age, but it’s loaded with potential and should evolve for 2-3 decades.
92pts Wine Enthusiast
Earthy and robust, this wine has intensity in spades. Full bodied, it is concentrated in Christmas spice and baked plum, with a sweetness to the oak. The tannins are big and structured, adding a chalky quality to the texture.
Missouri Hopper Vineyard sits on the Valley floor at the southern boundary of the Oakville AVA. This historic vineyard site is one of the oldest in the Napa Valley and its initial planting dates back to the late 1800’s. The 2016 vintage offered a bountiful yield, with near perfect growing conditions that allowed a long, slow ripening. The exceptional vintage offers generous fruit, excellent viscosity and pronounced but well integrated tannin structure. The 2016 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper is a very decadent and age-worthy offering.