A premiere Howell Mountain producer, La Jota has the power to finish the fourth quarter in the same way Ravens have done all year. On the palate is approachable minerality followed by herbal aromatics. Blackberry and tea lead to a long drawn out finish.
If you love a thrilling story to go with your glass of critically acclaimed Napa Valley red wine, then you're in for a treat. La Jota, a historic brand established back in the 1800s on Howell Mountain, has it all. And today, they're making the best wines in the estate's history.Frederick Hess, an adventurous Swiss émigré and newspaperman, fell in love with the Rancho La Jota. He bought 327 acres because its rocky terrain, foggy mornings and stately redwoods reminded him of the places where some of the best wines from Europe were made. Hess thought he could make world-class wines on Howell Mountain. His hunch was right – a white wine from his second vintage won a medal at the Paris Exposition in 1900.But just as the wine business was starting to flourish, Prohibition began in 1920. While it only lasted for 13 years, Prohibition was enough to end Hess’ dream at La Jota. The rugged stone winery he built was abandoned and became a ghost winery. It remained empty for a half century, until Bill Smith, an oilman with a penchant for Napa Valley, discovered the old winery. He bought the estate in 1974, planted vines, and sold the first vintage of the new La Jota in 1982. A whole new chapter for La Jota began in 2005, when Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke purchased the estate. They pumped in capital, brought in the talented winemaker Chris Carpenter (of Lokoya, Cardinale and Mt. Brave fame) to craft the best wines from the mountain fruit. The investment is paying off in the form of elegant, memorable wines that earn top scores from the most respected critics around. A mixed case of these opulent reds is a must!
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.