2003 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Selection (USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain)

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Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Howell Mountain, Napa, Red Wine, USA

This was really good last night. The Howell Mountain Cab has really fleshed out and shows dramatically different from a little over a year ago. Really deep, dark garnet to ruby opaque red color. Amazing nose of cedar, and loads of blackberry and cherry with some nice tobacco and leather in there. Finishes strong and shows more structure than before. I am not a huge California Cab drinker and fan, but this is really outstanding stuff. Sort of an old-time California Cab in style without overwhelming wood, alcohol, and extract. Just awesome. I can’t recommend this highly enough, especially at the original purchase price of $36.

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