In 1999 they planted this vineyard, which sits on the steepest part of their estate hidden high up in the Vaca Mountains. The 2015 vintage offered a low yield, but the very highest possible fruit quality. Perhaps their most aromatically interesting bottling, the nose offers with notes of brambly fruit, liquorice, earth and herbs. The initial entry onto the palate offers blue and black fruit flavours, most notable plums and blueberry, releasing with notes of cocoa nibs and mocha in the finish. The generous tannins are already integrating well. While cellaring will be rewarded they feel this wine has more now at a young age than its Beckstoffer vineyard counterparts.
95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate... A barrel sample to be bottled in January 2018, the 2015 Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon features a very deep purple-black nose and scents of spicy blackberry preserves, dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of sautéed herbs and mocha. Very big, rich and concentrated in the mouth, it has a firm yet velvety frame of tannins with a lively lift on the very long finish.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast From the producer's estate vineyard wedged within the Vaca Mountains, this is a nicely structured wine, lengthy in dry tannin and a persistence of dried herb. A lingering fruitiness of cherry and cassis offer depth of flavor within floral aromatics of lavender and sage. The finish is defined in mocha.