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La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet 2013

June 2017

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. … Read the rest

Wine of the Day: Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 9-18-16

Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($59.95) Buy Now: $49 special

Case-12 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2013 750ML ($649.95) Buy Now: $536 special

roundpondIn Napa, like in Bordeaux, some areas produce finer wines than others. The Rutherford region, for example, represents one of Napa’s best sites, something like a St Julien. Round Pond Estate, now in its second generation of family ownership and operation, hails from Rutherford. The MacDonnell family grows first-rate wine grapes, and trusts these to their gifted winemaker Muiris Griffin. Having studied in Bordeaux, Griffin soon collaborated with Opus One before working with Paul Draper at Ridge. None other than Robert Parker loves Round Pond wines, while Antonio Galloni has this to say: “Round Pond remains one of the true under the radar jewels of Napa Valley.”… Read the rest