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La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013

La Jota Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2013

A Great Big Cabernet at a Great Big Discount!

la jota wineryIt’s telling that La Jota’s full name is “La Jota Vineyard Co.”  Founded in 1898, it’s a winery explicitly tied to a place, in this case Howell Mountain.  Howell Mountain is a special place in Napa to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and the history of the winery reflects that—the first awards for the winery were in the 1902 Paris Exposition.  They shuttered during prohibition and became a “ghost winery” until the current winery opened in 1982.

The winery makes its wines from estate fruit spread over 28 acres of prime volcanic Howell Mountain real estate, and the Cabernet is what they’re known for.  We’ve been lucky enough to score a great deal on the lauded 2013 version, which has dense, rich dark flavors that the mountain fruit provides. … Read the rest


Highlight New Arrivals from Cayuse Vineyards

36 Wines (That’s 96 Bottles) In Stock Now

cayuse madnessCayuse Vineyards Camaspelo, Walla Walla Valley 2012 750ML ($119.95) $89 special
Wine Advocate 97 points “A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, the 2012 Camaspelo is more refined and elegant than the Lovers release, showing a seamless, elegant profile to go with lots of dark fruits, savory herbs, graphite and hints of flowers. While the nose is terrific, the palate is where this really shines and it’s full-bodied, concentrated and ultra-pure, with lots of fine tannin that keep the finish going. It should be at its best from 2018-2032+.”

This is the lowest listed price in the USA today!

Cayuse Vineyards Flying Pig, Walla Walla Valley 2013 750ML ($149.95) $129 special
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “I loved the Merlot dominated 2013 Flying Pig, and it offers full-bodied richness and depth, as well as a stacked mid-palate, to go with classic plum, cassis, wild herbs and dried flower nuances.… Read the rest

Midweek VinpolPick 4-12-17

New Arrivals; Casanova’s Perfect Cerretalto; Deep Cuts: Pallieres’ Price Edition; John Paul Brings In A Barolo; Peyrassol Rosé in Many Formats; Bordeau x2; Jorge Ordonez’s Mencia Mind; GrunHAUS! A Few New Arrivals; Monteraponi Real Radda Reds In Chianti; Diel: The Other Master of the Nahe; April Sale Recap



New Arrivals: Here’s What’s Hot


Cameron Winery ‘Ribbon Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Oregon 2015 750ML ($24.95) $21.90 special
Winery Notes: Ribbon Ridge Pinot noir.  Fruit for this wine is sourced from 2 vineyards in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Foster Farms and Armstrong.  Foster Farms was planted in 2006 and is lovingly tended by famed cider apple grower Alan Foster.  Armstrong vineyard was recently converted to dry-farmed grapes.  Fruit from Ribbon Ridge is always intense with loads of structure in the wine.… Read the rest

Mid-Week VinopolPick 3-8-17

New Piedmont Sale; Quintessa at an Incredible Price; New Cayuse, No Girls and Horsepower; The Majesty of Wehlener Sonnenuhr; Two 90pt Spanish Values; Delas Freres—the value of the Northern Rhone; Trending Wines; Vintage Gloria and Sauternes; Celebrating Oregon Diversity in Pinot; Faiveley’s Generation of Growth


New March Sales!

A Piedmont Star on the Rise!

Poderi Colla is one of the most interesting wineries in the Piedmonte, with excellent holdings in both Barbaresco and Barolo—something that can’t be said of very many producers.  This is a result of a merger between two parts of the family, in 1994, one half in Barolo and the other half in Barbaresco.  The wines they make are classic and have long lives ahead of them, especially from the 2010 vintage.  … Read the rest

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Joseph Swan Vineyards
A California Icon Still Going Strong

Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel

Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel

Joseph Swan Vineyards remains one of the most notable names in California wines.  Joe Swan was a trailblazer and legendary figure in the California’s viticultural history, and his son-in-law Rod Berglund is a talented winemaker of equal skill.  That said it sometimes seems like this winery doesn’t get mentioned as often as it should when we talk about California’s great wineries, which is a shame.

The Swan wines aren’t trendy and never have been—they epitomize the idea of classicism and have been made in the same style no matter whether the winds of fashion favored the huge and ripe or the light and lean.  The one constant for Swan has been the idea that the vineyard speaks for itself.… Read the rest