2013 Jax Vineyard "Y3 Taureau" Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend

SKU #1237276 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Y3 Taureau is a blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Zinfandel, all coming from of various sectors of Napa, ranging from Oak Knoll in the south, to Calistoga in the north. A beautifully sexy wine, with a dense purple color, big sweet kiss of blackberry and cassis liqueur, licorice and spice followed by lush, heady, full-bodied flavors that caress the palate. A beautifully rich, concentrated, irresistible style of wine to drink casually or with serious cuisine. The label is a bit wacky, but the wine certainly isn’t. (RP)  (12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
A blend consisting of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Zinfandel, this is a fleshy, lush red blend that shows notes of ripe black berry, kirsch, dark cherry and black currant. This bottle could be the love child of Orin Swift's Abstract and one of Ridge's zin heavy red blends. This is a truly special bottle of wine! Drink now through 2028.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
This is perfect the answer to the oft-asked question at K&L: what's a great bottle of red for twenty bucks? Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau is the best $20 bottle of Napa wine in the store right now. Just a lovely note of luscious red fruit on the initial entry with a lush layer of balanced richness behind it. It's exactly what California red wine should taste like. Not too rich, not too old world: just perfect. There's no amount of wine like this that we can't sell. There are simply too many customers out there looking for exactly this. Locally owned by the Jackson family as well, natives of the SF Peninsula. A slam dunk all around.

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
What a great value! Fresh berry aromatics and a hint of savor lead to an incredibly pleasing texture on the palate. Finishing dry, it's the perfect balance of acid and tannin that keep this plump wine honest. You would be hard-pressed to find a red with more poise and polish for twenty bucks!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
The Y3 is an interesting blend of fruit. For me, the Zinfandel fruit shows the most here upfront, despite being only 10% of the blend. The Merlot, 45% of the blend, shows the most in the background of the wine. There is a nice balance here between being a ripe, upfront “Prisoner-like” style wine yet having enough elegance and structure to not overwhelm the palate. I would consider this wine a nice change of pace and very enjoyable!

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- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.