2019 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
The wines of La Jota have deep roots in Napa Valley. Back in 1888, winemaking pioneer W.S. Keyes planted some of the first vines on Howell Mountain, and 10 years later his contemporary, Fredrick Hess, built a stone winery and established La Jota Vineyard Co., named for its location on the Mexican parcel Rancho La Jota. Both men won medals for their Howell Mountain wines in the Paris Exposition of 1900.
A blend of 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, the La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet is another excellent wine from this producer. I have long been a fan of their Merlot, but Cabernet Sauvignon may challenge it as my favorite! It possesses power, density and is quite delicious! In the glass, the color is dark garnet with slight purple edges. Emerging from the glass is creamy cassis, dark fruit, blackberry and plum. There are nuances of cinnamon and cedar with a hint of graphite. Full bodied, the palate opens nicely as you aerate, showing the wonderful structure. Velvety tannins and mouthwatering acidity gives lift and achieves beautiful balance through the finish. The La Lota Howell Mountain Cabernet is drinking well now, but will benefit greatly with additional time in the bottle.
By Perry Miroballi