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La Jota Vineyard Co. Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


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    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. Initially, cherry cola, dark berry and vanilla bean aromas flood from the glass; then back notes of rosemary and mineral emerge as vivid reminders of the vineyard site. The palate exhibits a ripe cherry, pomegranate and fresh herb/earth character, carried through a long finish by the wine’s velvety tannins.

    Posted by dustinjacobsen on March 18th, 2009 at 10:00pm | report comment

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