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2016 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1376768 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is plush, lush and fruity, interwoven with tones of cardamom and clove. The palate is rich in feel, bolstered by layers of orange peel, cassis and toasted oak flavors. (VB)  (3/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made up of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is scented of cedar, cassis and camphor with herbs and earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is vivacious with loads of fruit and a velvety texture with a refreshing finish. (LPB)  (12/2018)

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. Producer notes: "Our grapes are handpicked, sorted, and cold-soaked immediately after picking. Following fermentation, this wine was aged for 21 months in French oak, 70% new. This wine offers dark, concentrated depth and character. Given a few minutes or hours after opening a bottle, the aromatics will continue to evolve and improve."


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By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2019 | Send Email
Another knockout from star winemaker Kirk Venge. This is a classic Calistoga Cab from start to finish. Gorgeous nose of blackberry compote, black cherry, and cassis interwoven with mocha, tobacco, clove, cedar, licorice, and baking spices. Round and silky on the palate with excellent focus and no excessive heaviness. Long finish with just enough dusty tannin to give it structure and fine cellar potential, though it’s already drinking exceptionally well. Think Montelena Estate with more buoyant fruit and immediate appeal. This is a brilliant Cab for fifty bucks. Drinks WAY above its price point.

By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2019 | Send Email
This is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. It is deep and luscious with loads of dark fruits on the palate. This superb vintage has given us yet another gem.

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