2014 La Jota Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain, Napa (750ml)

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Review Score: 96JD, 96WA

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The 2014 Cabernet Franc comes from younger vines and was brought up in 70% new French oak. While Cabernet Sauvignon gets all the love in the Valley, this beauty offers sensational notes of black raspberries, crème de cassis, crushed flowers, graphite, and hints of crushed rocks. Deep, layered, and concentrated, yet also pure, elegant and seamless, it’s a gorgeous wine that can be drunk anytime over the coming two decades.

96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec 2017)

The 2014 Cabernet Franc, aged in 70% new French oak, comes from relatively new plantings of Cabernet Franc in both the La Jota and W. S. Keyes Vineyards. La Jota had made some incredible Cabernet Francs in the 1990s, but they were often spoiled by Brett contamination. This wine is sensational. Black purple, its incredible nose of truffles, asphalt, forest floor and white flowers is followed by blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a multi-layered texture, full-bodied richness, and a killer finish. This magnificent Cabernet Franc rivals some of the best being made in Northern California.

96 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 227 - Oct 2016)