A dark ruby color, the wine offers aromas of blackberry and cassis, with hints of sweet vanilla. On the palate, rich and elegant fruit forward flavors integrate nicely with nuances of toasty oak.
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Bacio Divino was founded by Claus Janzen in 1993. While
working in Switzerland, he fell in love with Burgundy in
particular, a Chorey-les- Beaune. His passion led him to France
where he spent a year and a half visiting the top properties in
the Rhone, Provence and Burgundy. In the late 1980s, Claus
visited Napa Valley and met Charlie Wagner, founder of
Caymus Vineyards and became friends with Charlie’s son
Chuck Wagner. After 12 years at Caymus, Claus launched
Bacio Divion in 1993. Bacio Divino – Italian for divine kiss – is a
blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Syrah
and Merlot, the cepage will vary depending on the vintage.
Bacio Divino owns three, eight acre hillside vineyards located in
Dutch Henry Canyon near Howell Mountain. Wine consultants
Nils and Kirk Venge advise Claus on winemaking and viticulture
(65% Cabernet Sauvignon/15% Sangiovese/13% Merlot/3% Petite Sirah/2% Syrah/2% Viognier). The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from the Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard, the estate’s Cloudy’s Vineyard and the Georges III vineyard. The remainder of the fruit was harvested from 18 different parcels situated throughout Napa Valley. The wine aged for 22 months in new French oak barrels and another 10 months in bottle.
We live where we work, on the sunny and vine-dappled peaks of Napa Valley, overlooking the town of St. Helena. Possessed of naked idealism and fierce, if cloudy, ambitions, we undertook in 1993 to etch out our own signature wine. We envisioned something that, like Sir Lawrence Olivier or Kate Hepburn, could make an impression both immediate and lasting. A wine of unmistakable co-authorship: terroir by Napa Valley, style by cloudy-headed winemaker. And, (because we’re really not all that self-serious) a wine with a twinkle in its eye, promising equal parts mystery and mischief. And so we came up with two wines, each a proprietary blend. First and foremost, Bacio Divino, a divine kiss of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the added dimensions of Sangiovese and Petite Sirah. And then, in 1999, Bacio Divino’s vivacious kid sister Pazzo: Sangiovese-centric with undercurrents of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel (on occasion), Merlot and (can you believe) Viognier.
A dozen vintages into our small family-run venture, we are immensely proud of our wines, humbled by the acclaim and yet still as restless as ever. Thus, in 2006 we released a third blend: the elaborate, brooding Vagabond, Syrah’s chance to star with Cabernet in a support role. And a year later, having found our voice through blending, we set out to express that same voice through a single varietal. The 2004 Janzen Estate ”To Kalon Vineyard” and 2004 Janzen Estate ”Cloudy’s Vineyard” single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons are luscious, terroir-driven exemplars of Napa’s noble grape. Our devotion to Cabernet and to blending will soon coalesce into yet another proprietary red: the Janzen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, an exquisite melange of the best Cabernet lots from among our 11 Napa Valley vineyards.
A lot of thought, heart and labor went into the making of these wines. Enjoying them will, we hope, prove effortless.