2015 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1320028


RP 92-94
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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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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    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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