Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain district 1999 ($120)

Grapes have been grown on Diamond Mountain since the Civil War era, but this area in northern Napa County didn’t really come into prominence until Al Brounstein’s Diamond Creek Vineyards, founded in 1968, began to make news with its massive and long-lived Cabernets. Diamond Mountain District became an officially recognized AVA in 2001, and has around 500 acres of grapes. Diamond Mountain’s volcanic soils and terraced slopes tend to produce stressed grapes with a high concentration of flavor and color.

Lokoya is part of Jackson Family Farms, an ultrapremium portfolio of brands owned by Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson. Lokoya was created with the idea of making entirely distinct Cabernets from various Napa appellations. (In addition to the Diamond Mountain, there are also Mt. Veeder, Howell Mountain, and Rutherford bottlings.) The smooth and lovely 1999 Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cab has lifted fruit, spicy flavors, and intense length. The addition of 21 percent Merlot adds smoothness.     


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