In 1999 we planted this vineyard, which sits on the steepest part of our estate hidden high up in the Vaca Mountains. The 2015 vintage offered a low yield, but the very highest possible fruit quality. Perhaps our most aromatically interesting bottling, the nose offers with notes of brambly fruit, licorice, earth and herbs. The initial entry onto the palate offers blue and black fruit flavors, most notable plums and blueberry, releasing with notes of cocoa nibs and mocha in the finish. The generous tannins are already integrating well. While cellaring will be rewarded we feel this wine has more now at a young age than its Beckstoffer vineyard counterparts.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2018
The 2015 Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon features a very deep purple-black nose and scents of spicy blackberry preserves, dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of sautéed herbs and mocha. Very big, rich and concentrated in the mouth, it has a firm yet velvety frame of tannins with a lively lift on the very long finish.
Wine Enthusiast, September 2018
From the producer's estate vineyard wedged within the Vaca Mountains, this is a nicely structured wine, lengthy in dry tannin and a persistence of dried herb. A lingering fruitiness of cherry and cassis offer depth of flavor within floral aromatics of lavender and sage. The finish is defined in mocha.
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced entirely from our Estate vineyard in Dutch Henry Canyon between Switchback and hourglass vineyards. Elevation 400 ft.
- Clone 336 with 110R rootstock
- 26 months in new Taransaud French oak barrels, from the Allier and Tronçais forests
- Alcohol: 15.1%
- T.A.: 0.65 /100ml
- pH: 3.88
Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family
Total Production: 188 cases
Release Date: April 2018
Click here to download the 2015 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes.