Tasting Notes: Winemaker to the stars Kirk Venge molded this Napa wine and showed his handprint throughout. The 2018 vintage has produced full, meaty wines with quite an abundance of fruit and flavor. This 100% cabernet sauvignon has combined mountain fruit with the finesse of Oakville and Rutherford. Thick hedonistic flavors of blackberry and cassis sink deftly into silky tannins and a creamy core. The mid-palate offers loads of currant, dark chocolate and hazelnut with smidgeons of sandalwood. The finish is dangerously smooth, with toasted cedar and vanilla from new and used French barrels and a long, lingering mouthfeel that offers a whiff of tobacco pipe. Janzen is a cabernet that you open when you really want to impress your guest. TLC (Texutured, Layered, Complex).