JAX Vineyards

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 100
Vintage: 2011

JAX Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


Treat yourself to pure Calistoga in a glass. JAX Vineyards' distinct Cabernet Sauvignon starts at the hands of David Jackson, the patriarch of our JR Vineyard at the base of Mount St. Helena. After a fastidious harvest by the JAX team, winemaker Kirk Venge works his magic to coax layers of nuance out of the Calistoga fruit. For Premiere Napa Valley, Kirk Venge and the JAX team selected their favorite barrel from the 2011 vintage from which to create this lot. This wine, which will spend 22 months in French oak before release, bursts with the luscious berry fruit, elegant structure, and the little extra “something” that make this newest appellation in Napa so special.

Aging Process

30 day extended masceration following fermentation. 100% French Oak, about 60% new. 24 months in barrel.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Kirk Venge

Winemaker, JAX Vineyards

Winemaker, Kirk Venge

Kirk has been exposed to the world of winemaking from day one under the watchful eye of his father, Nils Venge. He earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998. He set out working in summer internships as the experimental winemaker for Mumm, Napa Valley, where he focused on producing still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And his passion for the industry continued to grow through a tenure at Raptura Vintners in New Zealand.

Working with JAX Vineyards since 2003, Kirk has a keen involvement in the redevelopment, clone selection and farming practices of our vineyard site. Most importantly, he crafts our fruit into the elegant and well balanced wines that we enjoy year over year. Currently Kirk owns Venge Vineyards and produces wine for a number of boutique wineries in Napa Valley.

Country born: United States

Education: Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
Kirk continually receives high scores from both Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator.

Winemaking Philosophy:
My focus has always been the vineyard first. In the cellar, our experience spans four decades of evolution in winemaking. Both traditional and progressive wine production techniques are embraced while remaining focused on our core belief: only fruit grown from select vineyard sources that is handled gently and naturally produces wine worthy of bottling.

The Afterthought

3801 Kirby Drive
Suite 330
Houston  TX  77098


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Blackbird Vineyards 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley 10th Anniversary Cuvée 18
JAX Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga 17
Whitehall Lane 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Deep Six 17
JAX Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga 16
Amici Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Spring Mountain 15
Peacock Family Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 15
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