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Jax Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Winemaker Kirk Venge showcases our Calistoga terroir in this estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet opens up with notes of black cherry, espresso and dried herbs. The palate follows with flavors of plum, dried currants and spice. With power, yet restrain, this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared beyond 2030.

    Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Jax Vineyards

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    Jax Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
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    Jax Vineyards is owned by siblings Kimberly and Trent Jackson.

    The brother sister duo were inpsired by their father, David who purchased a 28-year old, dry-farmed Calistoga vineyard in 1995. David had no intention of venturing beyond being a vintner. However, his children had different ideas.

    Shortly after David purchased the vineyard, his son Trent made his first attempt to make his first vintage by hand picking a second harvest from father's vineyard. Produced and bottled in his San Francisco garage, his first vintage turned out to be less than stellar. Undaunted, Trent initially partnered with winemaker Gary Galleron for 4 years and now they work with Kirk Venge as their winemaker.

    Shortly thereafter, sister Kimberly returned with an MBA from Vanderbilt to join the business. Together the two realized that there was a great opportunity to produce high quality wines, with a chic label, and fair price point. After co-founding the wine club in graduate school, they realized that the next generation is looking for a modern brand, great quality, and a good story.

    We started Y3 under JAX in 2005 after we continually sold out of the limited JAX Cabernet Sauvignon. We quickly realized that the time had come to branch out into additional varietals although we did not own vineyards other than those growing Cabernet Sauvignon. As such we decided to launch JAX Y3 representing our varietals that we source from outside vineyards from exceptional appellations for each varietal. This gives us the luxury and liberty to continue the quest to seek the very BEST vineyards for each varietal that we carry under the Y3 label.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960's, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

    The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those is the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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