Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Established in 1993, the Spring Mountain District appellation sits above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, which separate Napa Valley from Sonoma County. First crafted in 2005, the Lokoya Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily sourced from three vineyards: the estate-owned Yverdon vineyard (2,100 feet), the Wurtele vineyard (1,000 feet), and Spring Mountain Vineyard (1,800 feet). Cool daytime temperatures, deficient soil, and sharply inclined vineyard terraces combine to create ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from Spring Mountain express a signature floral perfume, deep red fruit flavors, and smooth tannins.
98 points James Suckling: A softer and rounder rendition of Spring Mountain with blackberry and blueberry, as well as oyster shell. Full-bodied with round, juicy tannins and gorgeous fruit and length. Great finish. Tight and focused. Superb. Try after 2026, but attractive now.
Notes: At elevations ranging from 500 to 2,600 feet, these Napa mountain sites are rare in the world of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lokoya’s mountain Cabernet bottlings express something different; there is a tension to the wines, and immense structural expression balanced by layer upon layer of aromatic intensity and textural hedonism. Highly sought after by collectors, the wines of Lokoya can be enjoyed for decades to come.
The Domain: 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 a 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.