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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)

K&L Notes: Winery note: Our goal with this wine was to produce an approachable, everyday drinking wine with the high quality fruit sourced in Napa Valley. The Syrah and Zinfandel impart dark blackberry and black cherry fruit notes to the red lush fruit of the Merlot while the Cabernet Sauvignon provides the backbone and structure of this wine. This unique blend brings out the best of each varietal producing a food friendly wine ready to be paired with a range of foods.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2018

A full bodied, but mellow tannined red from Napa. Ripe and rich fruit with intrigue and a nice touch of spice. A red you can reach for for almost any occaision.