Lokoya's Howell Mountain wine is from the W.S. Keyes Vineyard, originally planted in 1888, and high above the fogline at 1,825 feet. Jeb Dunnuck called this, “It’s another full-bodied, singular wine from Chris that’s perfectly balanced, with beautiful concentration and the purity and balance that’s the hallmark of this great vintage.” Another amazing win for Chris Carpenter.
Allocations were exceedingly limited and therefore there is a 3 bottle limit per customer.
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Lokoya Winery is a true jewel of the Napa Valley, and the benchmark producer of "mountain wines" in our book. From four mountain appellations they craft exquisite Cabernet Sauvignons, and to say that they are critically acclaimed is an understatement. The Wine Advocate has awarded the Lokoya Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon no less than FIVE 100-point scores, a feat surpassed only by Schrader Winery. The wines are made by Napa Valley Superman Chris Carpenter, who can do no wrong, especially in 2014. "One of the top-of-the-charts, special, rare superstars of the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine scene is Lokoya. It's hard to believe that 2000 was the first vintage for winemaker Chris Carpenter working at Lokoya. He has had a succession of world-class, truly magnificent wines from different mountain sites in Napa." – Robert M. Parker, Jr. A 99-Point score is a curious thing, a 99+ even curiouser. It's another way for a reviewer to say, "I gave this 100 points last year." One thing's for certain: these are some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines made in the Napa Valley, and they belong in your cave.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is deep purple-black in color and offers an incredible perfume of lilacs, black truffles, violets and menthol over a core of cassis, mulberries and warm plums plus a waft of tobacco leaf. The palate is full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, very ripe tannins and oodles of freshness cutting through the earthy layers, finishing very long. 920 cases produced.
Lots of pine forest, savory herbs, California bay leaf, and both black and blue fruits emerge from the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. It’s another full-bodied, singular wine from Chris that’s perfectly balanced, with beautiful concentration and the purity and balance that’s the hallmark of this great vintage. Short-term cellaring will be the name of the game here and it will be long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2021-2046
I have not had many Howell Mountain cabernets like this with crushed blackberry and blueberry character. Nuanced. Full-bodied and extremely fine-textured. It goes on for minutes. Greatness. Drink after 2020.