The 2009 is certainly one of, if not the most, ripe and complex of the Missouri Hoppers that Janzen has ever produced. Rich focused flavors of black fruit lead to complex, heady mixture of rustic yet restrained tannin, terroir and texture.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sept.1, 2012), "This is a stunning example of modern-day Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It's soft, complex, smooth and sweet, with a veneer of smoky, caramelized oak coasting the flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and crème de cassis. It's really delicious, and made all the more appealing by a fine structure of tannins and acids."
91 points Connoisseurs' Guide (Aug. 2012): "The biggest, ripest and toughest of the Janzen bunch, and a wine of enormous richness, this extravagant effort is rife with currants and rich oak. It hints here and there at dark soils and roasted herbs with the promise of more complexity to come with age, and its very fleshy, rather muscular build tags it a one that very much needs a wait. A decade may pass before its blunting tannins fully ease, but ease they will, and the wine will continue to grow."
Only 144 cases produced. Drink now or hold up to 2030.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.