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2015 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1320028 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays gorgeous fruit, plenty of sucrosity and ripeness, but no heaviness or cloyness. Beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, oodles of glycerin and richness announce another great vintage in Napa for 2015. This lush, heady wine will drink well young and age easily for 15 or more years. (RP)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Owned by local residents the Jackson family, the Jax 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 vines only see 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 cat is definitely out of the bag.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2017 | Send Email
I've been drinking the Jax wines for years now and I think I can safely say that the 2015 Napa Cabernet is the best wine I've ever tasted from the local producer. Their winemaker Kirk Venge continues to fine-tune this expression with every vintage and each time he seems to get better at doing it. The 2015 is his masterwork thus far. I've tasted it on five separate occasions now and the wine is simply perfect from front to back. It's also the perfect mid-range bottle for those of you who enjoy your Napa Cab on the younger and richer side, but I can foresee plenty of cellar life on the horizon. The dark red fruits pop with juiciness, but are buoyed by velvet tannins and plenty of acidity. It's never cloying or bloated with sweetness, but rather expansive and mouthcoating with just a bit of chewiness on the finish. The Jax Cabernet has always been my go-to fifty dollar Napa red. We've been tremendously successful with the brand for some time. But the 2015 goes beyond simple dependability. This is a masterpiece of modern Napa winemaking. Bravo.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2017 | Send Email
Jax did a phenomenal job on their 2015 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and I love it even more than their 2014 release. The second it's poured, this wine is complex and aromatic with dark, rich and complex flavors. Fresh blackberries, cassis, cedar and black cherry character really shine through. The longer it's in the glass, it continues to evolve with delicate flavors and robust coffee notes. There is balanced acidity and fine tannin, ensuring aging potential but also drinks great right now!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2017 | Send Email
Deliciously seductive 2015 Jax Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly drinkable and fully approachable despite its young age. It's full-bodied and rich with velvety, supple tannins and bright acidity which gives this wine good aging potential. But what I love about this Cab the most is amazing flavors: black mulberry, marionberry and black cassis all wrapped up in espresso and dark spice notes.

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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 Médoc 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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.8