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La Jota Vineyard Co. Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


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Tasted at 2008 Spark/Napa Valley Vintners Taste San Francisco charity event at City Hall, 03/13/08.
La Jota: "Appellation: Napa Valley Howell Mountain
Percentage Grape Varietals: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Information: 100% Howell Mountain (52% Estate Grown)
Harvest Date(s): September 12 through October 29, 2002
Type of Fermentation: 100% Stainless steel tank Fermentation with two pump-overs per day
Length of Extended Maceration: 32 Days
Barrel Regime: 100% French Oak, 60 Gallon Barrels, Aged for 20 months (46% New)
Percent Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Acid Level: 0.63 g/100 mls pH Level: 3.62
Cases Produced: 2391 – 750ml/12 Bottle Cases
Bottling Date: July 2004
Winemaker’s Comments: This classic Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
opens up with herb characters, Asian spices, dark cherry, toasty vanilla and a slight minerality
on the nose. Hazelnut, currants, chocolate and coffee are evident on the palate. Somewhere
in the air, there is a scent of a carpeted forest floor, conjuring up the image of an early
morning hike through the vineyards, crunching across the pine needles and leaves that mingle
marvelously with the soils at harvest time.
History: Made world-famous by W.S Keyes who set out his original vineyards in 1880,
the Howell Mountain region has been the source of exceptionally bold, full-bodied, and
long-aging wines. The distinctive character of the fruit, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot, is enhanced by dry herb and mineral notes. In 1983 Howell Mountain became Napa
Valley’s first American Viticultural Area – AVA.
The Howell Mountain AVA, whose boundaries are defined by the 1,400 foot elevation
contour line, owes its distinctive climate to the fact that it lies above the fog that frequently
covers the valley floor. Evening temperatures are warmer than the valley while the altitude
keeps daytime temperatures cooler. Howell Mountain itself is a volcanic knob, so most soils
are decomposed tufa (volcanic ash) with some iron-laden red clay as well. The soils are
generally shallow and short of nutrients, causing just enough stress to produce intense flavors
in the wines.
La Jota Vineyard Co. was founded in 1898 when San Francisco newspaperman, Frederick
Hess, built a stone winery from the local volcanic rock. It was named after Rancho La Jota,
the Spanish land grant on which it is built. Hess and W.S. Keyes won gold and bronze medals
for their wines at the Paris Exposition of 1900. Today, the winery carries on the 100-year
tradition of crafting wines that are driven by the unique attributes of Howell Mountain."

Logged by drxeno on March 16th, 2008 at 3:29pm. Rating: 5 | report note

Marco's bday gift to me. Amazing... particularly in the new Riedel glasses

Logged by amata47 on April 20th, 2009 at 2:47pm. Rating: 5 | report note

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