2013 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
This full-bodied, concentrated wine shows plenty of power in its bringing together of the variety with smaller percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. With a huge presence on the palate that lingers and stays in one’s brain, it shows a reductive quality of toasted oak along with black pepper, bark and leather saddle,. It’s a wine to enjoy from a giant leather chaise, if possible. Cellar until 2023.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain is the largest cuvée (2,675 cases) and a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It’s a beauty. Opaque purple, with notes of licorice, charcoal, lead-pencil shavings, blackcurrants and spice, the wine is full-bodied, opulent, lavishly rich and pure, with sweet tannin and a long finish. This wine is approachable now, but promises to age beautifully for 20-25 years. The owners of La Jota, the Kendall-Jackson group, finally are getting this estate back to its early 1990s qualitative level. Certainly winemaker Chris Carpenter, who does such a fabulous job at Cardinale and Lokoya, should get some of the kudos. This is the strongest lineup I’ve tasted yet under the Jackson family, but it is a phenomenal vintage as well. (RP)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is another deep, intense wine from La Jota. Inky blue/black fruit, smoke, licorice and menthol are all pushed forward in a plush, relatively open-knit Howell Mountain Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring, in part because a good dose of Merlot softens the wine. La Jota is the Jackson family's estate on Howell Mountain, where winemaker Chris Carpenter makes wines that offer plenty of Howell character yet remain relatively approachable upon release. (AG)