2005 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Heritage Release

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
Drink between 2010 - 2019 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • AllRed wrote: 88 points

    April 27, 2019 - 4th Saturday Brown Bagger (T&L's): Double blind. Coffee and black currant, cassis and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied. Cassis, currant and plum flavors with a good bit of oak spice as well. A little on the ripe side, also a bit rustic. Guessed cab sauv.

  • Trolson wrote: 92 points

    December 30, 2018 - I am surprised at how low this is rated. Really enjoyed sumptuous nose and body.

  • msuwright wrote: 91 points

    December 13, 2018 - This round and plummy Cabernet tastes a bit past its prime, but it's still enjoyable, if a bit straightforward. Ruby red in color and full in body, the wine smells of plum, gravel, and herbs. Tastes of blueberry, prune, leather, and cedar, with a soft but brief finish. 14.6% alcohol.

    This pales in comparison to the 2006, which I thought was one of the best La Jota Cabernets I'd ever tasted. I'm not sure if 2005 was a weaker vintage (WS thought '06 was better, WA '05), or whether Carpenter having the full year ('06) made a big difference (since KJ acquired LJ, grapes and all, in '05). Regardless, the 2005 has the softness of the 2006, but it doesn't quite have the depth. Drink now (as in right now).

  • walkerjfw wrote: 88 points

    February 18, 2015 - During PNV week, tasting at Cardinale hosted by Chris Carpenter. A terrrific host, vintner and wine educator...

    Spice, aok and black fruits on the nose. Palate was dark and red fruits, chocolate, coffee. Its aging nicely, tannins still there and need further softening for this to come through. Would cellar for another few years and revisit

  • JDV.DDSPHD wrote: 87 points

    July 4, 2013 - Had this as the third wine of the night and it was pretty decent. The massive tannins are harsh and gritty and definitely coat the palate. This is not my favorite type of cab where I feel like I'm fighting the wine as in trying to figure out what I can sense from it through are the grit. I personally would cellar these for 10+ yrs before opening another bec it was just not quite in the right place yep. If the tannins settle and integrate this could be beautiful if not them just take a few grap stems and chew them up its the same sensation as drinking this.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

    (La Jota Vineyard Company Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary/Heritage Release Howell Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer La Jota
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Heritage Release
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 111 (62%)
  • Consumed 67 (38%)

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