Pazzo (crazy in Italian) marries the best features of several varietals to create a unique and sophisticated blend of Sangiovese, along with some of the usual Napa Valley suspects. We source each varietal from different vineyards. This helps to ensure each of the varietals is grown in optimal conditions for its distinct viticultural needs. A finishing touch of Cabernet from our own estate vineyard rounds out the blend and heightens the mid-palate.
This aromatically dynamic wine shows off concentrated dark fruits initially, with more subtle notes of roasted herbs, and leather. Rich dark berry fruit with mocha and cocoa tones on the first sip release to an exceptionally rich mouthfeel and a bold tannin structure. ‘Delicious’ is the word most used to describe Pazzo.
Wine Advocate, October 2016
A wine that Claus Janzen has always done well with, and it remains a great value, is his Pazzo Proprietary Red, of which there are nearly 3,000 cases. The 2014 Pazzo Proprietary Red, a blend of 55% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the rest other varietals from vineyards throughout Napa, is excellent. Dense ruby/purple, the wine offers notes of roasted herbs, ground pepper, new saddle leather, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, plus a touch of wood smoke. It is round, juicy, succulent and satisfying from a hedonistic perspective. At the same time, there is a degree of elegance and freshness as well to this bistro-style, entertaining and enjoyable wine. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
This is a fun and delicious combination of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Bold and brawny with black pepper, leather and blue fruit flavors, its tannic texture is mild and soft.
Consulting Winemaker and Viticulturalist: Kirk Venge
Proprietors: The Janzen Family
Total Production: 3600 cases
Release Date: November 2016
Click here to download the 2014 Pazzo tasting notes.