JAX Vineyards

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 45
Vintage

2016

JAX Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon
Calistoga

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Barrel selections of Cabernet Sauvignon from our prized estate vineyard Block 3
  • Aged 21 months in 100% new French oak, bottled unfiltered and unfined
  • 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
  • Complex and luscious with silky tannins, and concentrated flavors of true cassis and opulent red currants

This is a unique 60 bottle lot created just for Premiere Napa Valley 2018. An intense expression of the red rock, alluvial soil at the base of Mount Saint Helena from our estate in Calistoga. We saw a near perfect growing season in 2016 that allowed us to achieve full ripeness and harvest before the October rains. The structure and density of this vintage will allow the wine to age for decades, and though it is now only in its infancy, this wine is forward and muscular.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

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.

San Francisco 49ers / Levy

4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara  CA  95054-1229
408-562-4925

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