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Bacio Divino Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard 2016

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Missouri Hopper Vineyard sits on the Valley floor at the southern boundary of the Oakville AVA. This historic vineyard site is one of the oldest in the Napa Valley and its initial planting dates back to the late 1800’s. The 2016 vintage offered a bountiful yield, with near perfect growing conditions that allowed a long, slow ripening. The exceptional vintage offers generous fruit, excellent viscosity and pronounced but well integrated tannin structure. The 2016 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper is a very decadent and age-worthy offering.

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RP 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the 2016 Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep purple-black color and is scented of crushed black cherries, warm plums and cassis with touches of sautéed herbs and underbrush, plus a waft of cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, it has a very firm backbone of very finely grained tannins and a wonderfully earthy character complemented by loads of tightly coiled fruit, finishing with great length and depth.
Barrel Sample: 97-99
JD 98
Jeb Dunnuck
I love this valley floor site, and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Janzen Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard is a brilliant wine on all accounts! Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a vibrant bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, spring flowers, licorice, and graphite, with loads of smoke tobacco and cigar notes developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied and concentrated, it stays fresh and lively on the palate, with terrific balance between its fruit, acidity, and tannins. It’s a structured wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age, but it’s loaded with potential and should evolve for 2-3 decades.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Earthy and robust, this wine has intensity in spades. Full bodied, it is concentrated in Christmas spice and baked plum, with a sweetness to the oak. The tannins are big and structured, adding a chalky quality to the texture.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide

By Bacio Divino. At the moment the most open and accessible of the Janzen bunch even if arguably not quite as deep or fully fruited as its companions from the Cloudy’s and To Kalon Vineyards, this is again a fleshy, very tasty, big-bodied working that makes no apologies whatsoever for being ripe. It is marginally less tannic and therefore a bit easier to approach now, but, that said, it is still a Cabernet that will reward three to five years of forbearance.

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For 25 years and longer, I've had a wine glass molded to my right hand. Today, my head has a permanent tilt from holding my very prominent nose over the alluring aromas and beckoning colors of many of the world's great wines. If I haven't tried every one, I've certainly made it a passion to attempt to taste of them all. Over this third of a lifetime, I've come to know and respect many great wine makers around our little world, and now clearly understand the relationship between an individual's character and his wine. You've read or heard about many of these people - men and women who are born to search for perfection, who scowl at the notion of compromise. These same people channel their character into their wine - their individuality, their uniqueness, their propensity to create rather than to plagiarize. Eminent character seems kindred to noteworthy wines...

Being so motivated, I longed to create a distinctive, noble wine. In the California tradition of working with the new to improve the traditional, I looked to achieve a way of broadening the distinctly majestic flavors and aromas of the king of Napa Valley's varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years I've had the opportunity to experiment with various lots of Cabernet, and I eventually settled on the hillside fruit from Ahollinger vineyards in the Mount Veeder area. This vineyard produces a bold and expressive, yet elegant wine. In 1992, we discovered the Sangiovese fruit of Cal Showket in the Oakville appellation, and were literally overwhelmed by the intensity of what resulted in our first crush in 1993. To embellish the color and acid levels of the Sangiovese, we crushed and macerated this fruit with one and a half tons of the best Petite Syrah fruit I had ever sampled.

As time aged each of these wines, and molded their individual character, I was able to determine a blend that married the elegant, yet rich and softly oaked Cabernet with the Sangiovese's long and linear tannins, at the same time elevating the cherry, berry Sangiovese fruit to a pronounced level. The resulting wine showed that a whole could be greater than it's individual parts. And so...'Bacio Divino', a divine kiss, was born.

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.

The climate is generally warm and agreeable, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay, creating an ideal environment to grow red varieties. Oakville's diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, and perfect for high-caliber viticulture.

Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux Blends. Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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