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Thursday, September 15, 2011

2006 Jax Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

This relatively small production Cabernet (974 cases) was produced from grapes harvested from a very special dry-farmed vineyard in Northern Calistoga. The winemaker at Jax Vineyards that makes this particular wine is Kirk Venge, son of Napa Valley legend and winemaker Nils Venge. The Wine is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, and 2.5% Cabernet Franc and was aged in 100% French oak for 21 months.

On the nose the wine shows some very nice and intense aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate, ripe plum, and spice. It has just a touch of earth and a very classic Napa Valley soil-meets-fruit complexity.

On the palate the wine touches down with the same dark and ripe fruits that were displayed on the nose, and also shows some really nice black cherry fruit. The tannins are firm, but well integrated, and the wine appears to be very well-made and in balance. 90 Points

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