1995 La Jota - Cabernet Sauvignon 14th Anniversary 750ml

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1995 La Jota - Cabernet Sauvignon 14th Anniversary
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Ruby-red, brighter than the above. Very complex nose combines black raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, minerals, mocha, toffee and leather. Sweet, very rich and expansive in the mouth; has the suave, lush texture of a right-bank Bordeaux. Berry, chocolate and mocha flavors. Fresher than the HMS, with a burst of black raspberry and currant fruitiness on the finish, along with notes of leather and cigar ash. Some tooth- and tongue-dusting tannins will require at least a few years of bottle aging. Consultant Helen Turley recommended de-acidification of this wine, and Smith says the results prove her right.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Score: 94
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/01/2004

About This Producer


La Jota wines are handcrafted at the original 1898 Fieldstone winery and hillside cave. From the low yielding vines of 28 mountain acres, La Jota produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and their crown jewel, the annual Heritage Release Cabernet Sauvignon (formerly the Anniversary Release).

While growing grapes in the nutrient-lean, volcanic soils of their La Jota estate is a challenge, the rewards are undeniable. Highly concentrated flavors and muscular tannins slowly ripen to perfection, while the cool winds, diurnal temperature swings and high altitude keep the grape acids impeccably balanced, revealing the distinctive voice of the estate. Viticulturist Mariano Navarro and winemaker Christopher Carpenter gently tame tannins while allowing the intriguing mineral, spice and sweet forest loam characters unique to the estate to enhance the complexity of the opulent fruit.

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