Janzen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Thank goodness for the recent economic crisis! With consumers stretching their dollars more and making every penny count, Janzen has decided to reduce the price on their fantastic Napa Cab, bringing it to you $20 cheaper than the previous vintage, but with the same hedonistic fruit, rich texture and bold structure as before. A great bargain in premium Cabernet!

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Bacio Divino Cellars:
We live where we work, on the sunny and vine-dappled peaks of Napa Valley, overlooking the town of St. Helena. Possessed of naked idealism and fierce, if cloudy, ambitions, we undertook in 1993 to etch out our own signature wine. We envisioned something that, like Sir Lawrence Olivier or Kate Hepburn, could make an impression both immediate and lasting. A wine of unmistakable co-authorship: ter... Read more
We live where we work, on the sunny and vine-dappled peaks of Napa Valley, overlooking the town of St. Helena. Possessed of naked idealism and fierce, if cloudy, ambitions, we undertook in 1993 to etch out our own signature wine. We envisioned something that, like Sir Lawrence Olivier or Kate Hepburn, could make an impression both immediate and lasting. A wine of unmistakable co-authorship: terroir by Napa Valley, style by cloudy-headed winemaker. And, (because we're really not all that self-serious) a wine with a twinkle in its eye, promising equal parts mystery and mischief. And so we came up with two wines, each a proprietary blend. First and foremost, Bacio Divino, a divine kiss of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the added dimensions of Sangiovese and Petite Sirah. And then, in 1999, Bacio Divino's vivacious kid sister Pazzo: Sangiovese-centric with undercurrents of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel (on occasion), Merlot and (can you believe) Viognier. A dozen vintages into our small family-run venture, we are immensely proud of our wines, humbled by the acclaim and yet still as restless as ever. Thus, in 2006 we released a third blend: the elaborate, brooding Vagabond, Syrah's chance to star with Cabernet in a support role. And a year later, having found our voice through blending, we set out to express that same voice through a single varietal. The 2004 Janzen Estate "To Kalon Vineyard" and 2004 Janzen Estate "Cloudy's Vineyard" single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons are luscious, terroir-driven exemplars of Napa's noble grape. Our devotion to Cabernet and to blending will soon coalesce into yet another proprietary red: the Janzen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, an exquisite mélange of the best Cabernet lots from among our 11 Napa Valley vineyards. A lot of thought, heart and labor went into the making of these wines. Enjoying them will, we hope, prove effortless. Read less

External Reviews for Janzen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Thank goodness for the recent economic crisis! With consumers stretching their dollars more and making every penny count, Janzen has decided to reduce the price on their fantastic Napa Cab, bringing it to you $20 cheaper than the previous vintage, but with the same hedonistic fruit, rich texture and bold structure as before. A great bargain in premium Cabernet!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Tight, firm and focused, rich and full-bodied, with dried currant, blackberry, balsamic, mineral and cedar notes that are intense and focused. Best from 2011 through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Tons of blackberry, black cherry and cassis fruit in this wine. Really impresses for sheer ripeness and varietal purity. Lots of sweet, smoky oak adds to the volume. For all the richness, it's bone dry, with firm tannins. Not one for the cellar, so drink up now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Offers ripe black cherry, plum and subtle berry notes that are complex and even delicate past midpalate, though this turns dry and dusty on the finish. The best of two bottles. Best from 2009 through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This comes from Bacio Divino, which has been crafting wines under that label for some years. The consulting winemaker was the veteran Nils Venge. The wine is dry, full-bodied and very ripe, showing classic Napa cassis flavors wrapped into superfine tannins. As good as it is, one wonders what sets it apart from all the rest.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Tons of blackberry, black cherry and cassis fruit in this wine. Really impresses for sheer ripeness and varietal purity. Lots of sweet, smoky oak adds to the volume. For all the richness, itandrsquo;s bone dry, with firm tannins. Not one for the cellar, so drink up now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

An excellent value in high-class Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2007. It's hard to find Napa Cabernets of this quality for under $100, much less under $50. This beauty exhibits an opaque purple color and sweet black currant notes as well as loamy soil, cedar, and spice. It is full-bodied, exuberant, opulent and delicious already. It should continue to drink well for at least 10-12 years where well-stored. Bacio Divino's proprietor, Claus Janzen, continues to turn out one of the best values in Napa.


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