95-97 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE - A barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Block 3 is deep garnet-purple in color and a little mute to start, offering glimpses at warm black cherries, cassis and preserved plums scents with hints of chocolate box, cedar chest, tobacco leaf and iron ore plus a waft of bouquet garni. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and packed with bold black fruit and fantastic tension, framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and multilayered. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
JAX Vineyard's Block 3 has always produced the best fruit of JAX Estate in northern Calistoga. This is an intense expression of our unique red rock, alluvial soil at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The fruit was hand picked and gently processed using a state-of-the-art Pellenc sorting and destemming system. The pristine, whole berry fruit was fermented in a concrete tank fermenter. Time on skins lasted 15-30 days. The finished wine was aged in 100% new, tight grained, French Oak barrels for 22 months. We employ a variety of cooperages for our Bordeaux varieties including Boutes, Sylvain, Taransaud, Gamba, and Alain Foquet. All Jax wines are produced using 100% native spontaneous yeast. Bottled unflitered and unfined. This wine will drink well for 15+ years.