La Jota Vineyards

+1 707 965-3020 Cardinale Tasting Room 7600 St. Helena HWY
Oakville, CA 94508
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Founded in the 1890s, La Jota Vineyard Co. overlooks Napa Valley from high upon Howell Mountain. The volcanic soils, elevation and climate of this unique site yield wines of great fruit intensity, structure and aging potential. Discover our rich history, our mountain vineyard and winemaking, and our century-old fieldstone winery — not to mention many unique opportunities to experience each of our exceptional Howell Mountain wines

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  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • La Jota Merlot Howell Mountain 2007

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    Dark red violet color; ripe plum, black fruit nose with lift; tight, plush, nice black fruit, sage, espresso palate; medium-plus finish. 93 points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • In 2004, the movie Sideways put a major dent in California Merlot sales when Miles uttered the immortal words “I am not drinking fucking Merlot!” At that point there were a lot of ripe, insipid Merlots on the market—many grown in areas that were too hot for the grape to ripen slowly, gaining full physiological maturity—so Miles’ sentiments reson... Read More

    From the article Napa Merlots


  • La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Howell Mountain Selection 2009

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    Awesome! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 1994

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • The boards' favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon producer has recently released their 2008 Howell Mountain and Napa Valley wines. Randy Dunn is one of the most respected winemakers in California by those "in the know". Though he keeps a low profile and his wines aren't known for being hyped, I get the impression that his wines are slowly incre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2008 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon...


  •      (Inspired by a recent Snooth Facebook post)  It is commonly believed that wines grown on a hillside is superior to wines grown on the valley floor because of the limiting soil conditions on the hillside & the deep soil on the valley floor.   One BIG BIG BIG problem is that for the most part folks believe it is that simple & the marketi... Read More

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  • La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Howell Mountain Selection NV

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    2004 Read More

    Wine review by tybraswell


  • La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Howell Mountain Selection 1995

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    No written review

    Wine review by Les Long


  • My fiance and I are planning our first trip to Napa /Sonoma for our Honeymoon the first week of March. We don't have much planned yet, so would like some advice. Currently, we have a B&B in Healdsburg booked for the last 4 days of the trip...which just so happens to coincide with the first Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting of the year. So e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Where to go in Napa/Sonoma in...


  • La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2003

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    Wonderful nose, jammy, with a hint of earthiness. Thoroughly enjoyed with our prime beef ribeyes. Decanted the 2nd bottle, seemed to change the nose, more earthy and smokey than fruit. Loved it. Read More

    Wine review by ErinsChloe


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