Wine Club Summer Release 2019
Featured Producer: JAX Vineyards of Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA
The stellar wines in the Cellar Angels Wine Club Summer release 2019 were hand-selected with your outdoor picnics, boating and backyard grilling celebrations in mind! Read on for the story behind JAX Vineyards and find tasting notes for each featured wine in our Tasting Room Club, Library Club and our newest introduction, Flight Club!
About JAX Vineyards: David Jackson (the family patriarch who loves dogs and tinkering in the vineyard with gin and tonic in hand) followed his lifelong dream to own a vineyard. This prestigious land later became part of Napa Valley’s Calistoga AVA. JAX Vineyards began in 1996, when siblings Trent and Kimberly Jackson collaborated with David to start their first label. Over time, the two identified their unique niche among next generation wine enthusiasts and jumped on the opportunity to buck the “en vogue” winemaking style of their day to focus on the unique terroir of their family vineyard. Soon after, cult Winemaker Kirk Venge was recruited to create balanced wines reflecting varietal character and a sense of place. With the team for 15 years, Kirk is deeply passionate about the vineyard site and has reinforced the team’s focus on “sense of place”. To differentiate from their small lot single vineyard Jax line, they launched “Y3”, which allowed them to showcase more “true to varietal” wines from various AVAs (spanning Napa and Sonoma). The “Y3” symbol was the cattle symbol used on their grandparents’ cattle ranch, Yarrayne. The “3” represents three generations of land tilling entrepreneurs. In 2013, the siblings recruited a third partner, Dan Parrott, a no nonsense individual with a laser focus on balanced wines (historically working in Italian import houses) and a true burgundian aficianado.
JAX Y3 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tech Details: Fermented in concrete tank, aged in neutral oak barrels. 13.2% alcohol.
Tasting Notes: Meet your new favorite "Poolside Sipper!” A delicate, pale straw in color, this Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh fruit aromatics jump from the glass, brimming with white grapefruit, lemon zest, wet stone and just a hint of fresh wheat grass. The palate is perfectly balanced with its citrus notes, a refreshing acidity and finish that lingers.
JAX Y3 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Tech Details: 100% Stainless Steel. 10.5% alcohol. 496 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: The pinnacle of dry rosé. Think "Lunch in Provence" as you excitedly open the bottle of this glistening pale salmon-colored wine. From a highly acclaimed vineyard source in the Russian River Valley, this Vin Gris Rosé sees minimal skin contact. Low in alcohol and oh so easy to sip all day long, the wine shows off wild tart strawberry and cherry fruit aromas with pleasant floral notes (think peonies). Bone dry on the palate, with a soft, pleasant acidity and a refreshing finish that dances on the tongue and cheeks.
JAX 2017 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Tech Details: Aged in 30% new French oak for 10 months. Unfined and unfiltered. 14.2% alcohol. Only 7 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: Sourced from Dutton Ranch's Sebastopol Vineyard, this Chardonnay is "decadence inside and out." A gorgeous pale gold in color, with layered aromas of golden apple, fresh apricot, vanilla, gingerbread cookie, cardamom and just a hint of honey and sweet oak. A rich texture, with flavors of poached pear, apple and gingerbread on the medium-bodied palate, and a beautifully balanced acidity which keeps it fresh and crisp. A welcoming spiciness on the lingering, expressive finish. Drink or cellar through 2022+. 93pts WE
JAX 2017 Pinot Noir
Calesa Vineyard, Petaluma Gap AVA, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Tech Details: 18 months in 30% new and 70% neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 14.2% alcohol. 8 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: The "Calesa" Vineyard ("Stagecoach" in Spanish), with its expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, long ago served as a resting stop for horse drawn carriages. A pretty pale ruby in color, this wine is meant for swirling and discovering – the nose offers a depth of aromas: cranberry, red currant, ripe cherries, dried violets, bakeshop spices, earth and a touch of oak. Silky, seductive and pleasantly spicy on the palate, with a lingering suppleness and satisfying finish. Enjoy over the next 6-7 years.
JAX Y3 2016 Taureau (“Tor-row”) Red Blend
Napa Valley, CA
Grape(s): 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah
Tech Details: 14.5% alcohol.
Tasting Notes: “Like a field blend of big red grapes,” the JAX Taureau is named after the Jackson family’s prized bull, legendary for his feisty, high-kicking and vibrant personality. Like Taureau, this indulgent red blend has a complex personality and a dominating character! A glistening, medium ruby with subtle purple flecks popping through, the wine shows off aromatic layers of blackberry, dark cherry and beguiling aromas of pepper and anise. Said one Angel during our tasting session, “I love the nose. I could smell it forever.” Medium-bodied and delicious with a soft kiss of tannins, this approachable, everyday sipper is ready to drink now through the next 2-3 years.
JAX 2016 Cabernet Franc
Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Tech Details: 14.8% alcohol. Only 3 barrels (75 cases) produced.
Tasting Notes: As HUGE Cab Franc fans, we were like kids in a candy store to learn that we secured this wine. Sourced solely from the family’s vineyard, the JAX team earmarked three outstanding barrels of this “Vineyard Gem” especially for their Cabernet Franc enthusiasts. A deep, opaque garnet in color with rich aromatics – blackberry jam, cassis, dried herbs, clove, and subtle leather and soft eucalyptus notes. Full and palate-coating with fine, balanced tannins, good acidity and a long, lingering finish. This crowd pleaser is drinkable now with room to age for 3-5 years. 92pts Robert Parker
2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA
Grape(s): 97% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc
Tech Details: Aged 21 months in French oak, 70% new. 14.8% alcohol. 72 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: A deep ruby red in color, this lush Cabernet is layered with blackberry, black cherry, plum fruit interwoven with red licorice, dried herbs, fresh tobacco leaf and bakeshop spice. Full-bodied and bold on the palate, with grippy tannins supported by well-integrated acidity and lingering dark fruit and oak flavors on the finish. Showing fantastic balance now, and will evolve nicely in the cellar for the next 5-7 years. 94pts Wine Enthusiast, 91pts Robert Parker
2016 “Block 3” Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tech Details: Aged 28 months in new French oak. 14.9% alcohol. Only 5 barrels produced!
Tasting Notes: A luxurious, concentrated ruby purple robe, this Grand Cru Classe comes from the best vineyard block within the JAX Estate. At only 5 barrels, it always sells out way before the next vintage. Needless to say, we were thrilled to secure this allocation for our members. Spend some time swirling and contemplating and you’ll find a depth of aromatics, lush blackberry pie, black cherry cola, dried herbs, leather, cigar box, black tea, dried plum, cedar, eucalyptus. Rich and powerful on the palate, with prominent tannins and a full, spicy finish, this wine is made for aging and will drink very well over the next 15+ years. Be sure to decant for an hour or so before drinking, to get the full experience from the wine. 94pts Jeb Dunnuck, 93pts Robert Parker WA