96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the 2016 Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep purple-black color and vibrant nose of crushed black currants and black plums with hints of cedar, black soil, Ceylon tea and bay leaves. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm, muscular and offers wonderful tension, with buckets of expressive, freshly crushed black fruit flavors and wonderfully ripe tannins, finishing long. Barrel Sample: 94-96
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
From a site not far from the Hourglass Vineyard, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard is upfront and charming, with full-bodied notes of macerated black cherries, cedarwood, chocolate, and licorice. It’s a mouthfilling, sexy, opulent wine that grows with time in the glass, has solid mid-palate depth, building tannins, and a great finish. It doesn’t have the elegance of the top cuvées but packs serious fruit and pleasure. Drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years.
90pts Wine Enthusiast
This is a hugely concentrated and powerfully built wine, chewy in tannin and oak. The fruit is overtaken by dark-chocolate and tobacco notes, richly voluptuous in texture and lasting ripeness.
This prized vineyard sits on the steepest part of our estate at the edge of the Vaca Mountains. The rocky terrain of this secluded site offers excellent drainage and lots of nutrients. The fruit from thishigher elevation produces a purer and more intensely flavorful wine. The exceptional 2016 vintage offers generous blue and black fruit, excellent viscosity and a well-integrated tannin structure.There is great balance for those who prefer drinking cabs at a younger age. However, this is a wine worthy of extended time in the cellar and patience will be rewarded.