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November 18, 2015

Lokoya Mount Veeder & Howell Mountain 2012

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The 2012 Californian vintage has made huge waves throughout this year on account of it already being considered one of the truly great vintages from this region. This has made the 2012 vintage hugely collectable and caused all of the leading wines to sell out quickly across the globe. Today we are delighted to finish our coverage of this vintage with the truly exceptional estate, Lakoya.

Lakoya was founded in 1995 by the pioneer, Jess Jackson. It is a collection of four distinct 100% Cabernet Sauvignon vinyards from the four renowned mountain appellations of Napa Valley: Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Diamond Mountain and Spring Mountain. Each single vineyard has extremely small-production, with an average of 1500-2000 cases each year across all four appellations.

Each is considered as one of California’s best Cabernet Sauvignons, however, the pinnacle of their winemaking lies in Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. In 2012 Mount Veeder has been awarded 100 points, while Howell Mountain has been awarded 99. While we can also offer Diamond Mountain (96 points) and Spring Mountain (98 points) at the same price per case, we are focusing on the exceptional Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain, both incidentally have already received 100 points in 2013. In fact, Parker says that the 2012 Howell Moutain is ‘Multidimensional, stunningly pure and rich it is a beauty that flirts with perfection.’ Based on this appraisal we can expect it to join Mount Veeder on 100 points over the next few years.’

Since inception, Mount Veeder has received five perfect scores from Robert Parker and is unquestionably one of Napa’s leading wines. Its most recent 100 point scoring wine, the 2005, trades today at £1,700 per case of six. Howell Mountain has, as one may expect, produced its greatest ever vintage in 2012. To put this in perspective the 97 point scoring 2006 trades today at £1,800 per case of six. As such it pays to secure these on release, they are wines that will improve in bottles for decades. In 2012 the winery is reaching new levels, producing two of the wines of the vinatage and as Parker proclaims ‘Lokoya’s offerings are consistently among the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons made, and their 2012s represent the pinnacle of what Chris Carpenter has been accomplishing from these vineyards.

Lokoya Mount Vedeer 2012 – Robert Parker, 100 Pts

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is as compelling a Cabernet Sauvignon as one could ever hope to taste. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a high-elevation site boasts an inky/purple color, and smells of ink, blueberry liqueur, blackberries, black raspberries, mulberries, licorice, charcoal and camphor. With magnificent fruit richness, a layered, full-bodied mouthfeel, and incredible length, this seamlessly constructed 2012 should provide immense pleasure for 25+ years. Kudos to winemaker Chris Carpenter as he is clearly at the top of his game.

Lokoya Howell Mountain 2012 – Robert Parker, 99 Pts

From a high-elevation vineyard that was replanted in 2006, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals an opaque purple color as well as notes of mulberries, graphite, blackberries and a hint of charcoal. This dramatic, ostentatious 2012 is in keeping with the stylistic characteristics of this vintage. Multidimensional, stunningly pure and rich, it is a beauty that flirts with perfection. Drink now-2032. 

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