2012 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Tasted this alongside the Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder. Both incredible wines but this one just had a bit more of a punch to it. Dark ruby purplish red. Insanely tight to start on the nose with some raspberries. Developed some earthy tones like truffles and mushrooms with a few hours in the glass. Not as fruity as the Mt. Brave and pretty tight with some austere mountain berries. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Definitely needs some time to fully balance out. Long and dry finish. Very impressive and everything coats the glass.
The 2012 vintage is Cabernet-based blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot from the La Jota and W.S. Keyes Vineyards atop Howell Mountain. Aged for 20 months in 89% new French oak barrels. Only 3,928 cases produced and 14.5% alcohol.
2017 till 2036.
Price Point:$$$ - Provided as a sample from the estate. Can be purchased for $75.00 from the estate.