Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
The volcanic rock and ash soil of Reverie Vineyard stresses the vines, resulting in smaller fruit laden with black cherry and currant flavors. The steep, terraced slope faces west and cane-pruned vines allow for maximum sunlight exposure for the fruit. The vines are spaced six feet apart and planted with several different clones including Sees, Clone #7 and Jordan. These vines first produced grapes in 1991.
Established in 1995, Lokoya is a collection of four distinct Cabernet Sauvignons from four of Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations: Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain. These limited-production wines are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with native yeast, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, resulting in the purest expression of place.
Cabernet Sauvignon as lens, site as conveyor—the grape variety and winemaking for the four wines remain consistent, allowing the vineyard sites to shine with the climate, soils and sunlight all fully expressed in the glass.
Given the high elevation of the sites, the vineyards demand constant attention. The deep understanding of the vineyard trajectory in each vintage comes from Winemaker Christopher Carpenter’s years of expertise. Intervention is kept to a minimum both in the vineyard and in the cellar, leaving the fruit to express itself as naturally and eloquently as possible.