La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2013 (Napa Valley, California) - [AG 93] [RP 90]

La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2013
(Napa Valley, California) - [AG 93] [RP 90]

Regular price $80.00 Sale price $79.97 Save $0.03

AG93 RP90
Notes from the Winemaker:

The Vineyards
This Cabernet Franc wine comes from an exceptional little vineyard planted in 1976 next to our century-old stone winery on Howell Mountain. Grafted onto resistant St. George rootstock, it escaped the ravages of phylloxera to become one of the oldest Cabernet Franc vineyards in Napa County. The old vines self-regulate so we don't need to thin crop, pull leaves or in any other way adjust the grape-to-canopy ratio. Year after year, the grapes are intensely flavored and beautifully balanced. Not many wineries produce Cabernet Franc and this wine denitely captures the essence of La Jota terroir.

Tasting Notes
"From our thirty-four year old winery block, Howell Mountain presents its old vine Cabernet Franc. On the palate enjoy dark fruit characters, essence of black tea, and candied walnut."

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2013 Cabernet Franc is a real standout. Bold and beautifully perfumed throughout, the 2013 is laced with bold red-hued fruit, mint, rose petal and pine, all of which blossom effortlessly in the glass. Hints of pomegranate, sweet spices and blood orange add further nuance. This expression of Franc seen through the lens of Howell Mountain is absolutely delicious." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2015)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Cabernet Franc has done well on Howell Mountain, and the 2013 Cabernet Franc (485 cases) is a beauty. It is 100% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new French oak. Gorgeous floral notes intermixed with brambleberry and blueberry, with a hint of dark raspberry and chocolate are all present in this relatively full-bodied, fleshy Cabernet Franc. Its softness and up-front complexity already suggest drinking now and over the next decade or more. " - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2015)