Jam Cellars

California Cabernet Sauvignon

8.572 ratings
8.27 pro ratings
California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Corey Zamora, CSW

Too sweet, way too sweet

Too sweet, way too sweet

1 person found it helpfulAug 7th, 2014
Randy Fuller

The blurb says this wine is “all about the fruit,” but it’s really mostly about the oak. Cellared and bottled in the California town of Acampo, the 2014 JaM hits the black keys, mainly. It's dark to a fault, almost black in the glass and loaded with blackberry and black plum aromas. The nose also shows the oak that is used to chisel off the edges of this 15.1% abv wine. Sweet vanilla is the predominant aroma. It's also a big player on the palate, which maybe helps a high alcohol wine smooth out a bit, but it buries the grape. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine should have plenty of Cab to spare, but here it's hiding behind a few staves of oak. It's pleasant enough, though, if you like - as Crosby, Stills and Nash said - “wooden music.”.

The blurb says this wine is “all about the fruit,” but it’s really mostly about the oak. Cellared and bottled in the California town of Acampo, the 2014 JaM hits the black keys, mainly. It's dark to a fault, almost black in the glass and loaded with blackberry and black plum aromas. The nose also shows the oak that is used to chisel off the edges of this 15.1% abv wine. Sweet vanilla is the predominant aroma. It's also a big player on the palate, which maybe helps a high alcohol wine smooth out a bit, but it buries the grape. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine should have plenty of Cab to spare, but here it's hiding behind a few staves of oak. It's pleasant enough, though, if you like - as Crosby, Stills and Nash said - “wooden music.”.

Nov 27th, 2016
Perry Riddle

At least it's honest about what it is!

At least it's honest about what it is!

Dec 15th, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.1

Sweet? Yes. Jammy? Yes. Will you like it? Maybe. It's a dessert wine for all intensive purposes and shouldn't be considered for dinner Cab.

Sweet? Yes. Jammy? Yes. Will you like it? Maybe. It's a dessert wine for all intensive purposes and shouldn't be considered for dinner Cab.

Jun 5th, 2015
Corey Zamora, CSW

One dimensional, not a pleasant nose, palate is too jammy.

One dimensional, not a pleasant nose, palate is too jammy.

Dec 19th, 2014
Sarah Jaeger

Average.

Average.

Apr 4th, 2018
Toni K.

(Y) $<15. Works for the price. Screw top makes it a convenient carry along in case you need a drink in a hurry and aren't packing a cork screw.

(Y) $<15. Works for the price. Screw top makes it a convenient carry along in case you need a drink in a hurry and aren't packing a cork screw.

Mar 23rd, 2018
Lev Markov

Too oaky for my taste but drinkable

Too oaky for my taste but drinkable

Feb 3rd, 2018
Neil Valenzuela

Dark, “inky” color, aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, oak and vanilla. Flavors of smoke, blackberry jam and cedar. Solid Cab.

Dark, “inky” color, aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, oak and vanilla. Flavors of smoke, blackberry jam and cedar. Solid Cab.

Dec 25th, 2017
Mike Allas

Enough oak to make it taste serious.

Enough oak to make it taste serious.

Oct 17th, 2017