Robb Report, Best of the Best, 2015 - "Emblems play an important role in the appeal of certain wines. The grand châteaux that, throughout the region of Bordeaux, gleam like jewels in their parkland settings are intended to advertise the liquid wares within, just as the more contemporary roadside attractions in California's various wine countries entice passersby to taste. Yet the only advertisement for one of the United States' most prestigious labels, Lokoya, are its scattered mountain vineyards and its winemaker, Chris Carpenter, who counts among the very best in the business"
WA 96 AG 96 Pts - According to Robert Parker - "More crushed stone, mulberry, black currant, lead pencil shavings and wet pebble-like notes emerge from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. This beauty possesses great intensity, full-bodied power, low acidity and sweet tannin. It can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years."
According to Stephen Tanzer - "Deep medium ruby. Explosive aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice pastille, menthol, spices and bay leaf. Fat, sweet and densely packed, with a low-acid impression to the concentrated flavors of black fruits, licorice pastille, mint and oregano. Here the wine's green notes contribute complexity without detracting from the fruit. Finishes with very suave tannins for the vintage and excellent length. A terrific showing."
According to Antonio Galloni - "Lokoya's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is another striking wine from Chris Carpenter. Mocha, plums and cassis wrap around the palate in a gorgeous, inky Cabernet endowed with gorgeous textural depth and pure volume. Layers of flavor build in the glass in a rich, sumptuous wine endowed with superb depth. The fruit is so rich there is almost no sensation of mountain tannin, which is highly unusual for Howell Mountain, especially in 2011. A deep, plush finish laced with pencil shavings, graphite, plums and smoke leaves a lasting impression. I imagine the 2011 will enjoy a long and broad drinking window once the tannins start to soften."
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gtin No Size 750 ML Standard Rating 96 Points, 95 Points, 92 Points
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