Bacio Divino was founded by Claus Janzen in 1993. His wine epiphany occurred while working winter seasons in Switzerland's Berner Oberland. While in Switzerland, he fell in love with Burgundy. The wine was a Chorey-les-Beaune and it had a profound effect on the rest of his life. His palate and 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. He became friends with Charlie's son Chuck Wagner and soon found himself working harvest. Claus spent 12 years at Caymus, developing the most enviable international marketing operation in the Napa Valley. But Claus had viniculture ambitions of his own. In 1993, with the acquisition of a few tons of Sangiovese from an Oakville hillside he launched Bacio Divino. The wine was a roaring success from day one. Bacio Divino – Italian for divine kiss – is built on a base of Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Merlot, depending on the year. Bacio Divino owns three, 8 acre hillside vineyards located in Dutch Henry Canyon near Howell Mountain. Well-known consultants Nils and Kirk Venge advise Claus on winemaking and viticulture decisions.
ruby color. Aromas of blackberry and cassis fruit, with nuances of sweet vanilla lead to a rich and elegant
fruit forward flavors with hints of oak.
| Wine Advocate 91 points (Dec 2008)
Bacio Divino’s flagship wine represents an intriguing blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with small quantities of Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. The 2006 Bacio Divino Proprietary Red (1,000 cases) exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of melted licorice, black currants, blueberries, and raspberries. This opulent, fleshy, fruity 2006 is hard to resist. It is best drunk during its first 4-5 years of life.
|A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, with small quantities of Sangiovese, Petite Sirah and Merlot. The
Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the acclaimed Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard, Cloudy's vineyard,
and the Georges III vineyard in Rutherford. Fruit from over 18 vineyards in Napa Valley provides the
remaining balance for the blend. Aged 22 months in new French oak barrels and 10 months in bottle.