Praise for Bacio Divino
**Note: There is some ambiguity in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate reviews of the 2007 vintage... Bacio Divino is the 'proprietary blend' that we have been producing since the 1993 vintage- the 2007 vintage is rated 94 points. Our Cabernet Sauvignon wines are branded under our family name 'Janzen'. Reviews can be found on the Janzen Press page.
Wine Spectator Online Rating: 90
Combines a core of firm, dense dark berry, licorice and cedar flavors, with a touch of finesse and nuance, allowing a savory dried herb and sage edge to add dimension. Ends chewy and layered. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. 300 cases made. –JL
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Oct 2014 Rating: 92
The 2012 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red is a superb blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Dense ruby/plum/purple with notes of freshly ground pepper, bouquet garni, roasted meats, blackcurrants and cherries, this is a spicy, aromatic, ripe and singular style of wine that Bacio Divino pulls off beautifully. Drink it over the next decade.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine August 2014 Rating:**91
This solidly filled, very well-focused youngster may presently be a little more concerned with brawn than with beauty, but it has the fruity volume and depth to ensure a very fine future, and its vitality and firm structure are further guarantees of very good things to come. It is brimming with blackcurrants and carefully oaked with classic accents of olives, loam and herbs running its length, but for all of its richness and many facets, it wants six to ten years to be as good as it can be.
James Suckling Tasting Report May 15,2014 Rating:92
The balance and purity of fruit to this cabernet are so beautiful, with blackberry and mineral character. Full body with fine tannins and a delicate, fruity finish. Drink or hold.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2014 Rating: 90
Full red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite and menthol are lifted by notes of violet and resin. Silky-sweet and creamy in the mouth, with nicely integrated acidity framing the dark fruit and wild herb flavors. Savory but not at all green, showing good mid-palate fat and no rough edges. This very nicely balanced 2011 finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and very good length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2013 Rating:91
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a blend of all the estate’s single vineyard sources, displays a deep ruby/purple color as well as plenty of sweet black raspberry, white chocolate, licorice, and a hint of toasty oak. Medium to full- bodied with polished, fine tannins, impressive structure and delineation, and a long, concentrated finish, it can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.
Wine Spectator, November, 15 2013 Rating:91
The aromas of plum jam and black cherry are supple, turning graceful, with floral and black tea-accented tannins. Easy-drinking, gaining licorice and crushed rock details on the finish. Drink now through 2024. –JL.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines August 2012 Rating:90 1 Star
Sporting an interesting and very rich mix of sweet oak, roasted herbs, a bit of milk chocolate and lots of ripe cherries in its very outgoing aromas, this nicely balanced, moderately-full-bodied offering follows up with deep and similarly complex flavors. It is bright and balanced with a trim spine of tannin, and it will age gracefully for six to ten years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar May/June 2012 Rating:90+
Medium red-ruby. Blackberry, cassis, violet and spicy oak on the nose, complicated by graphite and mint nuances. Supple and laid-back, with a saline complexity to its black fruit and mineral flavors. In a moderately sweet, nicely balanced style. The persistent, slightly medicinal finish features substantial dusty but ultimately smooth tannins and building dark fruit and chocolate flavors.
Wine Advocate December 2011 Rating:91-93
The 2009 Bacio Divino shows a bit more freshness and silkiness than the 2008. Dark red berries, flowers, licorice and sweet spices flow gracefully in this soft, accessible red. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Dec 2010 Rating:92
The 2008 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to small quantities of Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and Merlot, plays it closer to the vest than the exuberant, full-throttle 2007 did last year. Notes of high-class cigar tobacco, Christmas fruitcake, black cherry and black currant notes intermixed with spice box and earth jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied yet still lightly tannic wine. It has excellent density and relatively sweet tannins but needs good aeration before its personality emerges.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar May/June 2011 Rating:90
Ruby-red. Pungent aromas and flavors of black cherry, sassafras, licorice pastille and flowers. Velvety-rich and a bit heavily extracted but lively and not at all dry, with hints of cedar and herbs lending complexity to the mid-palate. Finishes with big, broad but even tannins and a strong element of chocolatey torrefaction.
James Suckling Tasting Report June 15, 2011 Rating:90
This may not have some of the concentration of past years, but I like the fruit and spicy character. It's medium to full body, with a supple tannins and a pretty finish of sweet tobacco and berries. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Dec 2009 Rating:94
Perhaps the finest example I have ever tasted of the flagship offering, the 2007 Bacio Divino (Cabernet Sauvignon and small quantities of Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, and Merlot) boasts copious aromas of sweet creme de cassis fruit intermixed with wild strawberries, spice box, loamy soil, pepper, and roasted herbs. In the mouth, the wine reveals pure, rich, opulent fruit, medium to full body, no hard edges, and a luscious, fleshy style that is difficult to resist. It should age easily for 5-10 years, but it is already irresistible. Interesting wines are produced by longtime winemaker, Claus Janzen.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine Apr 2010 Rating:91 TWO PUFFS
4% Sangiovese; 3% Syrah; 1% Merlot. Interesting for its mix of sweet berries and currants along with hints of green olives and a slight tangy twist, this full-bodied bottling is very nicely balanced overall even if a bit fleshy at the front of the palate. Like its mate bottled under Janzen (see below), this wine has an outgoing and easily tasted personality yet boasts sufficient underlying structure to reward cellar aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Dec 2008 Rating:91
Bacio Divino's flagship wine represents an intriguing blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with small quantities of Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. The 2006 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red (1,000 cases) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of melted licorice, black currants, blueberries, and raspberries. This opulent, fleshy, fruity 2006 is hard to resist. It is best drunk during its first 4-5 years of life.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine April 2009 Rating:Rating: 91 TWO PUFFS
65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Sangiovese; 13% Merlot; 3% Petite Sirah; 2% Syrah; 2% Viognier. This somewhat unorthodox blending of grapes has produced a wine with attractive, bright, cherryish fruit tinged with notes of currants and orange rind. It is full and fairly supple on the palate, carries plenty of firming acid yet is softer in tannin than its cepage and energy might suggest. Long and just enough on the solid side as it finishes, it will drink well now and for the five years hence.
Wine Enthusiast June 1, 2009 Rating:90
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier, which makes it quite unusual, even unique in California. It's quite an interesting wine, showing blackberry, currant and cedar flavors, with a bright, crisp acidity possibly contributed by the Viognier. Are there flowers in there too? Keeps you guessing.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Dec 2007 Rating:92
Janzen's flagship offering, the 2005 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red Wine, is a proprietary blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 18% Sangiovese, and the rest Petite Sirah. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to aromas of black raspberries, black currants, licorice, incense, and background oak. Sexy, opulent, fleshy, full-bodied, and loaded with character, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Dec 2006 Rating:90
The flagship offering, the 2004 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red, is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and equal parts Sangiovese and Petite Sirah. A more dramatic wine, it offers notes of black raspberries, incense, Provencal herbs, spice box, and sweet cherries.
Wine Spectator, May 15, 2007 Rating: 91
A big, rich, intensely flavored Cabernet blend, with firm, chunky tannins wrapped around a core of black cherry, wild berry, earth, mineral and sage, ending with gritty tannins. Needs cellaring or decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and Merlot. Drink now through 2012. 1,155 cases made. - J.L.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec 2005 Rating: 93
Somm Selections, Spring 2007 Rating: 92
Wine Spectator July 31,2005 Rating: 91
Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2004 Rating: 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate December 2003 90 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate August 2002 92 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate June 2002 90 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate June 2000 90 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate August 1999 92 points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate August 1998 94+ points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate August 1997 93+ points