Missouri Hopper Vineyard sits on the southern boundary of the Oakville AVA valley floor. 2014 featured intensely concentrated ripe blackberry and cassis flavors buttressed with notes of leather and sweet toasted oak. A full throttle finish is lengthy, but features exceptional integration of the fine grain tannins we’ve come to expect from this site.
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August, 2017
Here, again, is a dramatic, very lavish Cabernet that makes no apologies for ripeness, but it is no simple exercise in excess, and it delivers layer upon layer of currants and creamy oak with unsubtle elements of tobacco, toast and dark coffee combining for a rich and decidedly complex mix even now. That it is big and potent stuff is beyond any debate, yet it stays clear of crashing tannins and carries great fruity authority right to the end. While it may turn out that it will benefit from ten years of patience, we strongly suspect that it will bloom beautifully in five and make further waiting a bit difficult. 91, a highly distinctive wine!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October, 2017
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon has a very earthy nose of damp soil, dried leaves, iron ore and mossy bark over a core of black currants and mulberries with a hint of unsmoked tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with earth and mineral suggestions with a fine-grained foundation and plenty of freshness on the epically long finish.
James Suckling, March, 2017
Riper style with a soft and round mouthfeel. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Fruit-forward but shows form. Slightly overdone. Drink or hold.
Wine Enthusiast, October, 2017
Written review to be released December 2017
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard, Oakville
- Clone 337 on VSP trellising
- 26 months in new Taransaud French oak barrels from the Allier and Tronçais forests
- Alcohol: 15.2%
- A.: 0.68 /100ml
- pH: 3.88
Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family
Total Production: 194 cases
Release Date: April 2017
Click here to download the 2014 Janzen Missouri Hopper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes.