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After making Bacio Divino for nearly a decade, the winery introduced a range of Janzen Cabernet Sauvignons in 2004 to coincide with the first harvest of their own estate vineyards. Today, three distinct vineyard-designate Cabernets are produced. Each has developed its own following. Only 356 cases of the 2012 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet were produced.
Grapes came entirely from Bacio Divino’s estate vineyards in Dutch Henry Canyon. The higher elevation, excellent drainage, and slightly cooler temperatures of the vineyard imbue the fruit with distinct mountain characteristics. The nose shows a concentrated blueberry fruit, heightened by herbaceous elements unique to the property. Blue fruit, minerality and tobacco are the dominant features on the palate. The mountain fruit provides a more powerful, gritty style of tannin, giving this wine the structure it needs to stand the test of time.
“The 2012 Janzen Cloudy’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from the Dutch Henry Canyon area near both the Switchback and Hourglass Vineyards and sits at a 400-foot elevation, is certainly another stunner. It’s rare to see two Cabernet Sauvignons that eclipse anything from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, but I think Janzen has done that in 2012. One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cloudy’s Vineyard is opaque purple and displays richness and intensity in its notes of lead pencil shavings intermixed with cedar wood, fruitcake, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. A wine of extraordinary intensity and a long finish, it should drink well for 20-25 years.”
96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2015
Starting out in the nose with a wealth of sweet oak piled high atop a full measure of very deep and well-defined, distinctly curranty fruit and laced with complexing elements of briar, black tea and loamy soils, the Cloudy’s Vineyard bottling delivers persistent, very potent, varietal flavors that stay in fine focus even as high ripeness makes its mark. Like its cellarmates, it is a wine that makes no apologies for ripeness, but it is steady and structured with tightening tannins signaling fine potential for age. It is so richly fruited that it should be drinkable in as few as five years, but it is likely to be far better once another eight to ten have passed.
91+ points, “The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine”, August 2015