Wine Advocate | Rating: 100One of two perfect wines ended my mini-tasting of the offerings from Lokoya in 2013. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain from the Keyes Vineyard is an amazing wine. Thick purple in color with a stunning nose of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, mulberries and blackberries, the wine has a steely structure, yet enormous concentration, skyscraper-like mouth texture, and builds incrementally to a stunning finish of close to a minute. The purity, the richness, the overall equilibrium are unreal, but then this is Lokoya. Drink it over the next 30+ years.Author: Robert Parker
Vinous | Rating: 96The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a fabulous expression of the Keyes vineyard. Plums, inky blue/purplish stone fruits, smoke, tar, licorice and graphite come alive in the glass. The 2013 is endowed with a real sense of verticality and power that manifests itself in the wine's huge tannins. Readers will have to be patient here.Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 100Author: Steve and Lizzie
Self | Rating: 95Drink Dates: 2016-2045Author: Scott I
Lokoya's goal is to choose sites, lots, and rows of vines that express the terroir and identity of their location through their wines.
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All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 116 bottles owned
- 30 collectors
- Average collector rating: 98
(Out of 30 collectors)