Edition 22


Edition 22

May 2018

Greetings from the Mountain Wine Club!

When Frederick Hess founded La Jota Vineyard Co. on Howell Mountain in 1898, he imagined that Napa Valley could achieve the same distinction as Europe, where some of the best wines in the world were being produced. He was right. At the 1900 Paris Exposition, La Jota garnered international recognition after Hess won a bronze medal for his “Bianco.” Today, the winery proudly carries on the winemaking tradition. The 2015 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc comes from some of the oldest Cabernet Franc vines in Napa Valley and captures the intense fruit and mineral complexity of these origins. This wine is a classic example of the incredible wine coming from Howell Mountain for more than a century.

Mt. Veeder is the largest AVA in the Napa Valley, yet is responsible for less than 2 percent of Napa Valley’s production. Set in this distinguished AVA, the Mt. Brave Vineyard has only one acre of Zinfandel planted, producing a wine that proudly showcases its Mt. Veeder mountain characteristics. We started with Zinfandel from a very small block of this acre, and added a bit of Malbec and Syrah to contribute more spice, depth, and weight.

These outstanding rare wines showcase the diverse terrain on Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder, two of the most esteemed mountain appellations in Napa Valley. I hope you enjoy them and share them with those you love.

Peace,

Chris Carpenter, Winemaker

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2015 La Jota Vineyard Co.
Howell Mountain
Cabernet Franc

Winemaker

Chris Carpenter

Appellation

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Vineyards

La Jota Vineyard & W.S. Keyes Vineyard

Composition

100% Cabernet Franc

Ageing

19 months in French oak, 70% new

Acclaim

96 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, December 2017

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2015 Mt. Brave
Mt. Veeder
Zinfandel

Winemaker

Chris Carpenter

Appellation

Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

Vineyards

Veeder Peak Vineyard & Mt. Brave Vineyard

Composition

89% Zinfandel, 6% Malbec, 5% Syrah

Ageing

13 months in French oak, 62% new

“When you choose to be a member of The Mountain Wine Club, you make a commitment to experience the diversity and unique characteristics of the Napa mountain appellations. Thus our commitment from the vineyards to the winery is to showcase only the best and most exclusive of our wines to you. Enjoy!”
Winemaker, Christopher Carpenter