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Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.9% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Lokoya produces minute quantities of appellation-specific Cabernet Sauvignon from low-vigor vineyard sites in the Napa Valley. By selecting only the finest vineyards and farming each parcel to accentuate its unique attributes, Lokoya produces powerful and complex wines that reflect the distinct character of each appellation in which they are grown.

"Walking Mount Veeder as the geese cross overhead and the rattlesnakes bask in the sun, you are instantly transported back to the days of the early Napa Valley pioneers. There is a sense here of the strength of those pioneers and the beauty they sought, which gives one an understanding of the 2008 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. With intense minerality, violets on the nose, and dark fruit, currant, and roasted characteristics on the palate, this wine is sure to carry for many years to come." - Christopher Carpenter, Winemaker

Critical Acclaim

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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another blockbuster, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder, which has the largest production, exhibits a deep blue/purple color along with notes of burning embers, charcoal, sweet black currant liqueur, licorice and scorched earth. It possesses fabulous fruit along with full-bodied power, a voluptuous texture and beautiful density as well as richness. It is not far off the quality of the brilliant 2007.
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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Bitter tannins lock this wine down in mouth-numbing astringency. Below the tannins is incredibly pure fruit, by way of blackberry and plum flavors. It has firm minerality, like a lick of stone, while oak aging brings its own flavor profile as well as additional wood tannins. This is nowhere near ready, so give it at least eight years in the cellar. Cellar Selection.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Beautifully crafted, rich and explosive, with a push of plush plum, blackberry, cherry, herb and mocha flavors that are tight and focused, ending chewy. Best from 2014 through 2028.
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Lokoya, Napa Valley, California
2008 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
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.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

RGL4000852SX_2008 Item# 116559

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