(From 2005 Vintage) 2005 Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ValleyInaugural Release!"To make a seriously stylish cabernet, sorcery isn't required. Instead, it comes down to this: the choicest grapes from the most privileged sites in the Napa Valley, which are then entrusted to a couple of dreamy-eyed monomaniacs (Kirk and myself!) for optimal blending. The result is no glorious fluke. With apologies to Mae West, and at the risk of sounding immodest: goodness had everything to do with it.""For many years, our customers and distributors have been asking us to produce a varietal bottling from read more...Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of varietals in the Napa Valley. The exceptional and abundant 2005 vintage gave us the perfect opportunity to produce our first vintage of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. For structure and classic Bench character we blended Cabernet from the famed Georges III vineyard in Rutherford with To Kalon fruit heralded for its finesse and depth. We added a sizeable measure of Cabernet from our estate vineyards in the eastern hills of the Valley to contribute higher tones and a more masterful character.Ripeness of fruit was a non-issue in this exceptionally long summer and our cabernet is, therefore, quite accessible and appealing today. Our proprietary wine-making style ensures a seamless and balanced wine, elegant yet long-lived. It is Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest." Claus Janzen, winemakerRobert Parker's vintage chart shows 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet to be a "90T" (outstanding; still tannic, youthful, or slow to mature).James Laube gave Napa an "A" to 2005 Napa Cabernet: "Once again, Napa Valley vintners were dancing in their cellars over the prospects for 2005, with some predicting that it could be one of Napa's finest vintages, based on the quality of the young wines."from 2005 Harvest Report: "From a vintner's perspective I've never seen the vines look healthier," remarked Craig Williams, senior vice president and director of winemaking for Joseph Phelps Vineyards.This is a California Wine. (hide)
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