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A Big, Rich Napa Valley Red at a Bargain Price - 01/12/2018 - Merlot (domestic)

When it comes to producing top-quality, go-to bottles that are super easy on the pocketbook, few wineries deliver at such a consistent level as Jax Vineyards. Year in and year out we turn to their impressive portfolio and never once have we been disappointed. The most recent arrival from this stalwart estate is the impressively endowed 2015 "Y3 Taureau.” Done up in a bold and fruit-driven style, it is beautifully composed from start to finish and is tailor made to charm wine drinkers of all stripes. A Cab and Merlot driven blend, it is beautifully accented by touches of Syrah and Zinfandel, which add notes of exotic spice. From the first sip alone, its “Napaness” shines through with ripe red and black fruits abounding. Napa blends of this ilk routinely cost north of $40, making the $19.99 price here a heck of a deal. If you are looking for a red to enjoy on the weeknight, but one that can also hold its own against pricier bottles, this 2015 is the perfect find.

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2015 Jax "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Red Blend ($19.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 5% Zinfandel, the 2015 Proprietary Red Blend Y3 Taureau is a deep purple-black color with a warm plums, mulberries and black cherries-scented nose with hints of spice box, cloves and aniseed plus a waft of thyme. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated on the firm palate, it shows lovely vivacity and freshness on the long finish. (LPB)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2017

Holy cow!(See what I did there) just in time for Holiday season the Jax Y3 blend is back and it is even better than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the 2014 and 2013 bottlings from our friends at Jax but this is the best one I have tasted. Beautiful cherry and spice on the nose lead to a silky, seamless palate. The wine has a lushness that never falls into jam and coats the mouth with very soft fully integrated tannins. What is so spectacular about this bottling though is the balance and freshness it delivers even as the warm red fruits are at the front of this wine. This wine is not overly rich and definitely not flabby, there is a sophistication and balance not often found in red blends at this price point here in California. A perfect bottle to have around for this time of year.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

If I owned my own California bistro, I know what my table wine would be year in and year out: the Jax Y3 Taureau. It's been one of the work horse reds of the domestic department here for the last three years and I've yet to have a bottle that didn't get the job done. A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest being Zin and Syrah, this is the PERFECT California red table wine that offers down-to-earth drinkability with a boutique level of detail and attention to care. It's a fleshy, fruit-forward wine, but it has acidity and character. It's balanced and it tastes like a more sophisticated wine than the price point would have you believe. It tastes good with everything, but is particularly suited to meats and heartier dishes, and it's so darn affordable. I love the Jackson family as well, a local member of our community, so like I said earlier: if I had my own restaurant, this would be the backbone of my menu.