The ‘red label’ Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon is a great introduction to the Janzen Cabernet lineup. It is sourced from the Cloudy’s Estate along with lower estate vineyards (Sherry’s acre and meadows) augmented with Beckstoffer fruit from oakville and rutherford. Claus and Kirk’s years of experience in Napa give them great access to great valley floor vineyards. Kirk Venge blends lots that are more expressive for early drinking to create a balancedand approachable wine. The result is a wine with the richness of great bench vineyards and a touch of hillside vineyard power. The Janzen red label is made in a ripe forward style that delivers what many drinkers are looking for in a Napa Cabernet.
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 He originally made his mark on the local wine scene with the wholly unique "Bacio Divino," arguably Napa's most successful Tuscan-inspired red.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.