La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2693 ratings
9.2132 pro ratings
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Mike R
9.3

Decant decant decant but finally smiling

All good in the neighborhood

Decant decant decant but finally smiling

All good in the neighborhood

Feb 22nd, 2020
Shay A
9.2

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

This was more elegant than expected. Beautiful notes of cherry vanilla tobacco, baked black cherry pie, plum, and spiced rhubarb aromatics. On the palate, there are red and black fruits, peppercorn, cherry cordial, cherry smoked wood. Less tannic than expected. In a good spot now, so I’m not sure if it’s just a unique drinking window to be this accessible this early (these normally have massive tannins that help these age for 10-15 easy).

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

This was more elegant than expected. Beautiful notes of cherry vanilla tobacco, baked black cherry pie, plum, and spiced rhubarb aromatics. On the palate, there are red and black fruits, peppercorn, cherry cordial, cherry smoked wood. Less tannic than expected. In a good spot now, so I’m not sure if it’s just a unique drinking window to be this accessible this early (these normally have massive tannins that help these age for 10-15 easy).

Dec 28th, 2019
Joshua Fisher

the wine is identified.. can you identify the man?

the wine is identified.. can you identify the man?

Dec 2nd, 2019
Cody Short

I’ve had these many times and always enjoyable. Showing well with some air but will get better

I’ve had these many times and always enjoyable. Showing well with some air but will get better

Aug 19th, 2018
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, vanilla, black cherry, cassis, plum, mocha, oak and eucalyptus. Excellent structure and velvety tannins.

Blackberry, vanilla, black cherry, cassis, plum, mocha, oak and eucalyptus. Excellent structure and velvety tannins.

Jan 24th, 2018
Jared Cocke

Proof that vintages on the floor of Napa do not represent vintages on the mountain appellations. Luscious tannins and firm acidity drive home a hammer of a wine. Chris Carpenter knows his stuff. Drink now but wait 3-5 years for a softer profile.

Proof that vintages on the floor of Napa do not represent vintages on the mountain appellations. Luscious tannins and firm acidity drive home a hammer of a wine. Chris Carpenter knows his stuff. Drink now but wait 3-5 years for a softer profile.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 28th, 2015
Christopher Strieter

Co-Founder, Senses Wines

8.7

La Jota 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet

La Jota 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet

2 people found it helpfulJun 29th, 2014
Mono Head

The first serving of this wine I gave it an 8.5. It was after the second tasting that I gave it a 9. Full body fruit forward. Well balanced. Good but not great. $85

The first serving of this wine I gave it an 8.5. It was after the second tasting that I gave it a 9. Full body fruit forward. Well balanced. Good but not great. $85

1 person found it helpfulDec 18th, 2016
Patrick Sullivan

Western Mountain Regional manager estates division of Jackson Family Wines

8.8

Fruit is pretty much gone but the tannins and acid are still prevalent. Beautiful nose that would throw you off for old world perhaps Italy. Delicious

Fruit is pretty much gone but the tannins and acid are still prevalent. Beautiful nose that would throw you off for old world perhaps Italy. Delicious

1 person found it helpfulNov 17th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Deep purplish red. Layered with dark mountain berries and baking spices. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Restrained with gravel, black cherries, dusty and dark cocoa. Long finish. Drink till 2034.
Will revisit tomorrow.

Deep purplish red. Layered with dark mountain berries and baking spices. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Restrained with gravel, black cherries, dusty and dark cocoa. Long finish. Drink till 2034.
Will revisit tomorrow.

Jun 8th, 2017