2016 La Jota Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc
“On the palate, the 2016 La Jota Cabernet Franc has an approachable gravelly minerality followed by herbal aromatics. Notes of anise, blackberry, and black tea are carried by an impressive mouthfeel and long drawn out finish.”
“The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain (100% Cabernet Franc) gives up exuberant bramble fruits, baked raspberries, mulberries and wild blueberries with suggestions of pencil shavings, kirsch, rose hip tea and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied and with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, it has wonderful perfume and depth, finishing long and mineral laced. 537 cases produced.
“This is the greatest set of wines to emerge from La Jota Vineyard Co. since the early 1990s, when it was under different ownership and the winemaker was Helen Turley. In this case, winemaker Chris Carpenter, who has done such a fabulous job at Lokoya and Cardinale, has finally gotten this acquisition by the Jackson family up to the high potential they had hoped for when they purchased the estate. Readers will be thrilled to see two profound Merlots have been produced from this high-elevation site, as well as a magnificent Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Moreover, pricing is moderate, although that’s likely to change, so jump on these, which are the best wines to emerge from La Jota in nearly twenty years. La Jota Vineyard is back and producing splendid wines.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate