2012 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc

SKU #1321122 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cabernet Franc has always done well on Howell Mountain and La Jota’s 2012 Cabernet Franc (100% Cabernet Franc aged in 80% new French oak) exhibits attractive notes of forest floor, brambleberries, truffles, licorice and blue and black fruits. Medium-bodied and dense, with terrific fruit intensity, lots of glycerin, but no sense of heaviness or astringency, it should drink well for a decade. 2014-2024 (RP)  (10/2014)

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 A rich, ample wine, the 2012 Cabernet Franc is all about texture. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, incense and spices meld together in the glass. The style is rich, racy and voluptuous, with tons of immediacy and near-term appeal. The 2012 is 100% Cabernet Franc from the La Jota and Keyes vineyards on Howell Mountain. (AG)  (12/2014)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.