The valley floor location of the Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard provides exceptional terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon. On the southern boundary of the Oakville AVA , this is one of the Napa Valley’s oldest grape growing locations with its initial planting dating back to the late 1800’s.
2018 was a balanced and generous growing season, achieving excellent ripeness through long hangtimes and assuring fully mature flavor profiles in the resulting wines. Our valley floor vineyards like Missouri Hopper fared particularly well. Opulent fruit and fine grained tannins matched with perfect acidity are remarkable in this wine. It will stand the test of time.
Earthy in compost, iron and graphite, this is a full-bodied and fully integrated wine with a remarkably elegant structure. Black currant and blackberry fruit components are richly layered throughout a core of supple tannin and lasting oak.
James Suckling, March 2021
Aromas of treacle tart, figs, chocolate and berries. Some walnuts. Full-bodied, warm and rich, suggesting a late harvest. A little old-school, but attractive. Drink after 2022.
Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard reveals a dense purple/blue color to go with more closed, backward (yet classic Missouri Hopper) notes of chocolaty dark fruits, tobacco leaf, espresso roast, and a hint of violets. Beautiful on the palate, it's a powerhouse that offers a monster mouthfeel, ripe, silky tannins, and a great finish. Despite all its concentration, it stays nicely balanced and has a wonderful sense of freshness, which is the hallmark of the 2018 vintage. This beauty will evolve for 25+ years.
Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family
Click here to download the 2018 Janzen Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes.