1997 La Jota "16th Anniversary" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The sensational black/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon 16th Anniversary Release is closed, but its emerging aromas of charcoal, blackberries, cassis, and minerals are promising. The wine is intense, ripe, with a layered, expansive richness, and exotic notes of Asian spices, beef blood, and assorted black fruits. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated bright ruby. Black raspberry, sandalwood, and a slightly medicinal suggestion of Dr. Pepper on the superripe nose. Thick, deep and mouthfilling; intriguing flavors of black fruits, tobacco, leather and iron. Finishes with huge, toothcoating tannins that will require substantial bottle aging. An outsized wine that may ultimately merit a higher score. 91+ (ST)
Spicy, fruity aromatics lead to a rich and supple wine with pretty currant, anise, cherry and blackberry flavors. Firms up on the finish, where a touch of chocolate emerges.
Truly one of the great unsung '97s, the 16th Anniversary bottling has ripe cherry fruit, a dose of new oak and some pretty chewy tannins at this point. Always an age-worthy Cabernet producer, La Jota's finest have come in the '90s, and the '97 is arguably the best of the decade. (Joe Zugelder, K&L Buyer, Old and Rare Wines, 09/2000)