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La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Selection

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(2009 Vintage) Classic Cabernet in every sense of the word! Cassis, black cherry, tobacco briar and toasty, vanilla oak are only the beginning. Jammy fruit flirts with bitter chocolate, and the whole is complemented by a violet-scented bouquet. After ten years of production, this Cabernet has hit its stride and each vintage claims its own set of admirers.

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    WS 92; intense, supple and graceful, wiht potent mineral-laced dried berry, currant, cedar and tabacco. focused and promising. best '14 to '28.

    over 4 years
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    about 3 years
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1998 Vintage) Napa Valley. Ever one of the chunkier, more sinewy Cabernets to be had, La Jota's premier bottling again comes up as one of the bigger wines in the crowd. Its complex aromas of toast, milk chocolate and tobacco are echoed in kind by its broad, highly extracted flavors, but its blustery tongue-curing tannins are the sort that will take years to resolve. Only the patient should find room in their cellars for this one as it will not reach its peak for a decade or more.
  • Wine Advocate
    (1996 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97
  • Wine Spectator
    (1985 Vintage)
  • Robert Parker
    (1985 Vintage)
  • Robert Parker
    (1986 Vintage)