2020 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


Cloudy’s vineyard sits on the steepest part of our estate, hidden high up in the Vaca Mountains. 2020 was a warm and dry year. While our valley floor cabernet vineyards were still hanging their fruit when the fires hit, the rugged terrain of Cloudy’s pushed us to harvest early and avoid any damage.

A deep purple color will coat your glass as you swirl and waft aromas of licorice, tobacco and hints of savory herbs. Rich flavors of ripe plums, mocha and earth envelop the mouth, with a long but not overly tannic finish. We expect this wine to reward those willing to cellar it for 5-10 years, although the ripe nature of the vintage offers amazingly rich fruit for those that prefer a younger cabernet.

We await the critics response to our 2020 Cloudy’s Vineyard. Below are reviews for our 2019 vintage.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 2022
Rating: 91**
Of the three, very expressive, Janzen 2019 single-site Cabernets, this is the most open and wholly available right now. It, too, is a weighty, fully ripe offering that does not stint on curranty fruit and sweet oak, and, though nominally tannic, its supple feel and intimations of lushness afford it a certain accessibility that marks it as a wine less demanding of protracted cellaring than its mates. That is not to say that it is one for hurried drinking, but, in this case, it should begin to approach its enjoyable best in but four or five years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2022
Rating: 95+
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard comes from an estate vineyard located in the Dutch Henry Canyon, situated between the Switchback and Hourglass vineyards. Ripe currants, blueberries, leafy tobacco, iron, and chocolate all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a focused, elegant mouthfeel, a terrific sense of freshness, and outstanding length. It's drinking nicely today, yet this beauty should easily have 15+ years of total longevity.

Wine Enthusiast, November 2022
Rating: 90
From an estate vineyard on the Vaca Mountain range, this wine has notes of iodine, crushed rock and vanilla bean. Layered and supple, it shows length and breadth on the palate, expanding to reveal enduring richness and intensity. - VIRGINIE BOONE

Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family

Click here to download the 2020 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes.
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