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    La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California


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    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 92 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120321

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This wine is a blend of the four classic Bordeaux varieties. This blend presents calmness to the tannic signature commonly associated with the Howell Mountain appellation. On the palate, enjoy classic Howell Mountain flavors of blackberry, shale, earth, rosemary and espresso bean.

    Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot

    Critical Acclaim:

    The tannins are so fierce on this baby Cabernet that they effectively lock it down and make it tough to drink now. Yet there's a fabulous core of blackberries that are rich, ripe and intense. Everything about it suggests ageability. Give it at least eight years in a proper cellar, and it could age even longer.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as gorgeous and round in its expressive dark red and black fruit, earthiness, menthol, spices and graphite. The firm Howell Mountain tannins are there, but the presence of Merlot (12%) helps to soften the wine. This is a gorgeous showing from La Jota and winemaker Chris Carpenter. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

    94 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Intense, supple and graceful, with a potent beam of mineral-laced dried berry, currant, cedar and tobacco flavors, fulfilling its focus and promising a long life ahead.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Good deep ruby. Musk cassis, black cherry and chocolate on the nose. Fatter and sweeter than the merlot, at once muskier and more penetrating in the mid-palate, with a distinctly juicy quality and good energy to the mountain berry flavors. Finishes with substantial but round tannins and very good length. Owing to its vibrancy, this may yet merit an even higher score with a few more years in bottle.
    Rating: 90(+?)

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

    Mossy (7/20/2013)
    This is a great find. Dark fruit flavors, smooth but classic cab nose, as dark in color that a wine can get. Better the second day, but still very enjoyable aerated from the bottle on opening. As Kruko says, "I want that, I want that!"
    joshd (12/23/2012)

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