La Jota Vineyard Co.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 62
Vintage

2015

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in our historic Howell Mountain estate vineyard, which dates to 1888
  • This wine is rich in red fruit, minerality and a savory herbal note, with desirable length and elegance
  • A cool climate, a long growing season and sandstone-volcanic soils add to the wine’s intricacy
  • Native-yeast fermented, bottled unfined and unfiltered and aged in French oak

Surrounded by forest, bathed in sunlight and wrapped in a gentle wind, our Howell Mountain La Jota estate vineyard is steeped in over 125 years of history. Howell Mountain itself is a weathered volcanic knob with two distinct soils: crumbly white decomposed volcanic ash known as rhyolitic tuff and red, iron-laden soils of clay and volcanic rock. Vines develop good root systems in these well-draining and nutrient-lean soils, allowing them to self-regulate the amount of water they take in. The vines struggle to survive, resulting in tiny berries and clusters with high flavor concentration. Your wine is captivating, deep and rich, yielding aromas of anise, blackberry, and a touch of sage. It is uncommonly smooth and well balanced, with textured tannins and flavors of blueberry and mocha. Our signature note of bright minerality runs the length of the long, satisfying finish. Aged in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, your 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will age gracefully for decades.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Chris Carpenter

Winemaker, La Jota Vineyard Co.

Winemaker, Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter is the winemaker for some of Napa Valley's most prestigious wineries, including Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota and Mt. Brave. He has earned a reputation for taming Napa mountain tannins and creating legendary Cabernet Sauvignon. He believes in maximum attention in the vineyards and minimal intervention in the winery to create the purest expression of place.

Country born: United States

Education: BS in biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago
Master in viticulture and enology from UC Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I believe in paying the utmost attention to the vineyards and practicing minimal intervention in winery.

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