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JAX Vineyard 2018 Calesa Vineyard Pinot Noir

Jax Vineyard

2018 Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA


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With a case (12 bottles) purchase of JAX Calesa Vineyard Pinot Noir, the winemaker will swap the 12th bottle with the limited production, inaugural and not-yet-released 2018 Stag's Leap Petit Sirah ($60 value).
Kirk Venge Jax Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes:
  •  Color: pale ruby
  • Aromas: cherry, strawberry-rhubarb pie, caramel, black pepper, garden soil, cola, game 
  • Palate: balanced, earthy, and easy drinking with notes of tart cranberry, mouth-watering acidity, well integrated tannin and medium finish
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  • Grapes
  • Region
    Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA
  • Production
    8 barrels (200 cases)
  • Alcohol
  • Aging Potential
    Ready to enjoy now or cellar over the next 8-10 years
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Kirk Venge
About the Winemaker:

Brother and sister team, Trent and Kimberly Jackson collaborated with their vintner “green thumb” father to found their first label in 1996. Over time the two identified their unique niche among next generation wine enthusiasts. Outliers from the dominating short list of old school Napa wineries, the two saw an opportunity to buck the “en vogue” winemaking style of their day to focus on the unique terroir of their family vineyard. After all, “change comes first at a small scale driven by the smaller more nimble producers.”

Soon after, cult Winemaker Kirk Venge was recruited to create balanced wines reflecting varietal character and a sense of place. Passionate about the vineyard site, integral to their clone and root stalk selections, and now 15 years in, Kirk has reinforced their instinct that focus should always be on “sense of place” to understand the nuances that allow JAX to make great wine.

Calesa Vineyard
About the Vineyard:
Named after its once pedestrian purpose, the vineyard was named "Calesa" which means "stagecoach" in Spanish. Long ago, this site, (featuring expansive views of the Pacific), served as a resting stop for horse drawn carriages. Located in the newly minted Petaluma Gap AVA, Calesa vineyard sits in the "wind gap" or coastal mountain opening where direct coastal wine and cooler temperatures provide optimal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.
Additional Winemaker Notes:

The fruit is hand-harvested into small bins in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. The grapes are hand sorted and partially de-stemmed before being placed in small open top fermenters. Following a 5-7 day cold soak period and 10-12 day fermentation the wine is aged 18 months in 40% new and 60% year old French oak barrels.

Unfined and unfiltered.


91pt, The Wine Advocate

Read more about JAX Vineyards: A Family Tradition in Napa Valley on our blog site, The Daily Flight!
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Food Pairing Suggestions:
When so much attention is given to the making of a wine, it seems only appropriate to select the food with the same thought. Pair this wine with pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. Also meatier fish, lighter pasta dishes and vegetarian items are good matches. Cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, light Cheddars and Chevre are excellent pairings as well. Chocolate or nut based desserts are also good choices.
About the Winery
Jax Vineyards This family owned and operated vineyard was purchased by David Jackson in 1996. The family sold grapes to other producers for many years until they started producing their own outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from their prime Calistoga land. Calistoga would later become its own AVA (American Viticultural Area), now famous for its unique terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon. With the help of Kirk Venge, a renowned Napa Valley winemaker and one of the "top 26 winemakers in the world", Jax Vineyards now produces many different wine varieties and blends to satisfy all palates. Learn more