Location: United States, California, Napa Valley
Established in 1995, Lokoya produces four unique and distinct mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignons. The fruit is sourced from single vineyards on Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain, which are all situated at elevations ranging from 500 to 2,600 feet on their perspective mountain. Lokoya has built a beautiful guest facility on located on Spring Mountain overlooking their vineyard and the entire valley.
The wines are made in extremely limited quantiles and the winemaking is exactly the same for each site to allow for the mountain terroir to be true expression behind each wine and winemaker Chris Carpenter does a masterful job at crafting the wines to do just that.
Mount Veeder: Situated at the western ridges of the Mayacamas Mountains at the northern end of the Mount Veeder appellation, the Veeder Peak estate vineyard sits at 1,800 feet in elevation. The Cabernet from this vineyard is grown on steep mountain terrain with vines planted the the volcanic soils, forcing them do dig deep for the nutrients. The result is highly concentered fruit with plenty of tannin structure, the elements need to produce a complex age worthy wine.
Howell Mountain: Home to the W.S. Keyes Vineyard. Planted in 1888, this vineyard has been the exclusive source for the Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon since its first vintage in 1995. W.S. Keyes sits at 1,825 feet, high above the fog line, where temperatures are cool but moderate. The vines are planted to quick draining soils forcing them to struggle for nutrients. The combination of the cooler weather and lean soils allows the Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen slower lower elevation vineyards, and develop more concentrated fruit with higher acidity levels and results in a wine that is structured and displays a remarkable expression of place.
Spring Mountain: Established in 1993, the Spring Mountain District appellation sits above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, and is now home to Lokoya’s beautiful winery. Lokoya first crafted their Spring Mountain Cabernet in 2005 from vineyards on Spring Mountain that benefit from cool daytime temperatures, deficient soil and steep terraces. Elements that are excellent growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Diamond Mountain: Overlooking the town of Calistoga in the northern reaches of Napa Valley and is part of the Mayacamas Mountains which frame the western edge of the valley. Lokoya’s Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was first crafted in 1995, and is sourced from a selection of blocks on three distinct vineyards ranging from 1,200-1,800 feet planted to poor soils. At this elevation the vineyards sit above the fog line and and the diurnal shifts are not as server as valley floor, as the vines experience cooler days and warmer nights. The elevation and poor soils allow for the fruit to ripen slower and at a more even pace, developing the tannin structure and characterizes needed for an age worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.
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