2013 Jax "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1242341 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, also seems superior to its 2012 counterpart. Black/purple, the wine show plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, with more depth, ripeness and overall flavor dimension than its older sibling. This should turn out to be outstanding wine. (RP)  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

Made entirely from the ten acre Jax vineyard site in Calistoga, this is California Cabernet with precision. Owned by local residents the Jackson family, the wines are made by Kirk Venge, whose work with B Cellars and Bacio Divino has made him a star in the region. Because of the location of the vineyard, the Jax site only sees afternoon sun on most days, which allows for a slow-ripening process and fruit of supreme concentration. These wines have been undiscovered gems for insiders and those in-the-know, but with Parker's latest round of scores the secret is out.

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
Fruit driven, rich and powerful. This cab exudes fragrant aromas of ripe cherry, dried herbs and chocolate. The palate is bolstered with more cherry and herbaceous notes that taper into a dry, chalky finish. This is a classy wine you can crack tonight or hang on to for the next ten to fifteen years. BONUS FOR LOCAL WINE GEEKS: JAX just opened a swanky new wine bar in the SoMa. Small plates, flights and pours by the glass. What's not to like here?

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
We are going to make lot of friends with this cab! Purity of fruit, wonderful texture and most important BALANCE! There is an ocean of cabernet out there, but few can deliver the goods at this price. Don't miss out on this one.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2016 | Send Email
Again, following my love for the Jax Y3 Taureau, I'm very impressed by this wine because of its restraint. You get the full-bodied red fruit right on the entry, an opulent note of ripe fruit, but it's never sweet and it's never cloying. This is Napa Cabernet that drinks like it's supposed to and costs what it should. You get every penny of what you pay for here: a pure expression of the varietal, from a superb vineyard site in Calistoga, made with precision by winemaker Kirk Venge. Bravo. I wish all California cab tasted like this.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5